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Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Marvels Of Moab

The title above comes from this blog, posted on palmbeachpost.com, where Pauline Frommer describes her first visit to Moab, Arches and Canyonlands. We found her impressions interesting. Below are excerpts.

...What is left is a desertscape that looks like something imagined by Dr Seuss. Very few destinations offer as much in the way of eyeful, natural wonders and adrenaline-pumping adventures.

The must-see is Landscape Arch, located in the Devil’s Playground area of the park.…

Another unmissable Arches experience, but one that must be signed up for several months in advance, is the ranger-led Fiery Furnace hike. It takes visitors on a sometimes strenuous trek through the beguiling, and unmarked canyons, of this fragile wilderness area. Along with guiding serious rock scrambling, the ranger gives a compelling lecture on what it takes to survive in this unforgiving ecosystem.

(In Canyonlands) I’d recommend the “Islands in the Sky” area for less-active travelers: It offers scenic overlooks just a few feet from the road, as well as easy trails to more breathtaking vistas (Murphy’s Point was a favorite, though it requires three miles of walking). More adventurous (or fit) park goers head to the Needles District, named for the sharp, vertical outcroppings of rock here. Head to Druid Arch, a massive, cathedral-like structure that’s worth the 11-mile hike it takes to visit.

Moab is best known internationally for its slick-rock bike trails, unique in the world. They offer hardcore cyclists the opportunity to zip up and down angles that would be impossible on dirt trails (where wheels would simply spin). A number of outfitters in town offer rentals and guided cycles; expect to pay $45 per day for a rental.

Read the complete blog.

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