|Me under one of Double Arch's massive spans, in Arches National Park
Yet Arches is full of secrets. Awesome secrets. We learned long ago via word of mouth from canyoneering friends that if you prove you know what you're doing to the park rangers, they'll give you a permit and let you explore some absolutely incredible areas that most people never see. Of course, this time we had our three-year-old in tow, so we couldn't venture off into the remote areas of the park. But even the official hikes get you to some amazing places.
|Delicate Arch, with the La Sal Mountains in the background
|Another view of Delicate Arch, this time with me and my son under it for scale.
|Phantasmal rock fins in the Devil's Garden area of the park
|My husband wandering the slickrock
|Slickrock domes with the La Sal Mountains in the background
|Cliffs along the Colorado River, just outside of Moab
|Mountain bikers riding the Slickrock Trail
But even I enjoy biking on slickrock, for the awe-inspiring views if nothing else - I just leap off my bike at the slightest provocation, rather than risk injury. Our three-year-old had a blast giving it a try on his balance bike:
|Zooming along a slickrock slope.
|Climber in Kane Springs Canyon
While serious family climbs might be a ways off, we had a great time hiking up to watch the sunset and explore the slickrock by moonlight. Quality time with a preschooler doesn't get much better than that.
|Slickrock before sunset
|Slickrock by moonlight