Utah has always been a place I’ve had a soft spot for. My aunt and uncle have lived there since I was little, and as a FL girl I always wanted to visit during the winter to play in the snow and go skiing. But this summer, I got to see a completely different side of Utah — one that completely and utterly took my breath away.
Starved for a change of pace from the demands of city life, I packed my bags, grabbed my favorite gal, and headed out west without the slightest hesitation.
After touching down in Salt Lake, we made home in the coziest little RV I’ve ever been in (ok, the only one I’ve been in). The Wildcat was equipped with a bathroom, shower, kitchen and plenty of booze to make my uncle’s signature Moscow mules — glamping at its finest!
After an unbelievably scenic drive, we made it to Moab. It was a bit late for us to take a hike, but our little group couldn’t wait to indulge in the magic of this orange-hued heaven. It was the perfect excuse for a drive through the grounds, including a stop at Park Avenue and Balancing Arch. From the moment we entered Arches National Park, I was in a state of euphoria.
The days that followed consisted of nothing but pure bliss. I walked alongside some of Mother Earth’s greatest masterpieces, let the winds carry me away in a hot air balloon, jetted around on the Colorado River, drove out on pitch black roads to lay under the most gorgeous blanket of stars, and was even convinced by locals to free fall out of a freaking airplane (still can’t believe that happened!).
To be frank, you kind of ruined me, Moab. You showed me a new side of travel that I never knew I would love so much — one completely centered around nature. If you’re at all hesitating whether or not to visit this little adventure town, I offer you a single word of advice: go.
—Arches National Park: Delicate Arch, Double Arch, Balancing Arch, Mesa Arch
—Canyonlands National Park: Upheaval Dome, Needles
—Dead Horse State Park: Dead Horse Point
—Colorado River Jet Boat Tour
Good to know:
—Ditch the hotel and shack up in an RV, tent or at Moab Under Canvas
—Download the REI app for info on all of the trails
—Keep an eye out for little stacked rocks that indicate the direction of the trail
—Bathrooms and few and far between– use them when you see them!
—There’s no such thing as having too much water or taking too many pictures
Shout out to my aunt and uncle for the most incredible trip! We’ll never forget it!