This past October I took a trip down to Moab and Hanksville Utah with my travel study class. We visited Arches National Park and the surrounding areas for a week. The best part was that we had only one goal:
It was one of the best trips I have ever taken. The 10 art students and 3 photography professors that made up our group drove down from Rexburg in two vans. The cool kids in one van, and the sort of cool kids in the other.
In Arches we visited Delicate Arch and even got to hike through the Fiery Furnace. The Fiery Furnace is a maze of rock formations called fins. Hikers must have a permit to hike or rock climb. If you are not familiar with the furnace, it is
likely that you will get lost. We went on a guided hike with a ranger. I would definitely recommend the hike to anyone visiting arches, just remember to call ahead and make a reservation.
We also stopped by Goblin Valley, Little Wild Horse Canyon, Dead Horse Point, Thompson's Wash, Black Dragon Wash, and Horseshoe Canyon.
The view from Dead Horse Point at dawn.
We made stops at various rock art sites as well. We even made the arduous hike to The Great Gallery. This rock art panel is probably the most impressive and best preserved site in Utah. We hiked 3.5 miles in and out of Horseshoe Canyon along a sandy river bed. It was a very long, but rewarding day.