Explore UT {Moab}

When we plan trips we have a very tentative schedule. We need a bit of a schedule simply because we must book campsites with the trailer (I’ll post more on that later with the Travel FAQ post). We camped in Moab. It is between Canyonlands and Arches national parks. We intended to spend a full day in each park, but quickly realized that plan would not work. The sun was so intense and the 90+ days we knew would be too much for little hikers. When we change or look for new plans we usually ask locals. A sweet instagram friend gave us several pointers and Chris asked one of the employees at the RV park. This particular employee pointed us to a hike (Bill Canyon) only a couple miles away that included shade and water – just perfect for us.

We drove over one evening to check it out for the next day…

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After a few miles of early morning hiking in Canyonlands, we returned to do the full hike. It is a 2.5 mile hike through the canyon to the 6th longest natural rock span in the US, Morning Glory Natural Bridge. The hike includes crossing the creek numerous times, my crew made sure those stops were extra long.4.16Moab-07

My youngest wasn’t quite so ready to jump in the unknown water with wild abandon like her siblings. I watched her from behind, captured by the beauty of the unique way she approaches new things. On the shore, in her suit, watching until the moment she decides to take that first step in…her gentle step is just as brave and wildly awesome as the adventurer jumping off the largest cliff into waters below. She actually might have a step up on the awesomeness.4.16Moab-084.16Moab-09So much sand…so much sand4.16Moab-114.16Moab-13My head is blocking it, but behind us is Morning Glory Natural Bridge. You can hike all the way to the rock span, but my kids were good just getting this close. This was our last big hike all together.4.16Moab-14So, Moab. I think we need to go back for a few weeks. Maybe just me and Chris because the restaurants looked awesome and we only eat in the trailer with the kids to keep costs down. Actually, Chris did pick up a late dinner for the two of us from Quesadilla Mobilla…it was SO GOOD. I highly recommend it if you are in the area. I might drive back just for another one.

Okay, back to the hike. The trail is shaded in the morning and late afternoon (also the busiest times), but only spots of shade during the middle of the day. However, all the water access allows for several breaks to cool off. We brought one backpack with everyone’s flip flops. The trail has so much water and sand, my boys preferred to hike in their flip flops (we basically wear them all year, so it is not a shocker). The girls went back and forth between their tennis shoes and flip flops. Water hiking shoes would work best, but my kids don’t have any. I wore my high school Tevas – perfect. Eventually I’m going to get myself some Chacos. The trail was also dog friendly, so that was an extra perk for Arley.

While seeing Morning Glory Natural Bridge was an incredible end to the hike, it would have been a fun hike only going a little bit in with the kids.

I know so many of you have spent time in Moab and several of you live there, please share your favorite parts of Moab in the comment section.

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  • Jen L. - Ashley – Could you do a separate post about traveling with your dog, Arly? (did I spell that correctly?). We love our dog and when we travel to national parks, we are always so bummed he has to stay in the car (if the weather is appropriate and not too hot or too cold). I’m super curious what your dog did during some of those hikes and how you accommodate for A’s needs.

    All the best,
    Jen

  • Jeannette - Favorite hike of Moab! Glad you guys got to experience it. And you are correct about the food too…awesome eats in Moab! Best Hamburger stand around Milt’s Stop & Eat…yummy fries too! It’s so fun to see you posting about my neck of woods! Utah hikes are amazing! Happy trails and Stay safe!! πŸ˜‰

  • Trilby - You’re in our neck of the woods (though we live in the mountains of northern UT) and I love reading your posts! It’s so fun to get another perspective on some of the greatest areas in our state. Your photos are absolutely beautiful.

  • Becky Zuithoff - I love my Chaco’s- they are one of my favorite parts of summer. When you get a pair, check 6pm.com first- if they have what you want in your size they are much, much cheaper!

  • kimberly oyler - i’ve had chacos for 5 years and i’m so over them. now i want tevas! ha! i think its because of the toe strap on the chacos. too bad my feet are much bigger than yours or we could just switch. πŸ˜‰

  • Diana - I absolutely love your travel posts. We did many camping trips when I was growing up and yours take me back to that wonderful
    time while also making me really excited to do with our son someday!

  • Melissa Griffiths - You have seen more of Utah than us Utahans have! I’m so excited to put some of your recommendations on your own list and my kids have asked not less than a million times to get a little camper like yours! Thank you for sharing all your pro tips!

  • Haley - Thank you for this series Ashley. We think Utah is heaven on Earth but last time we visited was pre-kids. Our family of 6 is taking basically the same trip this summer! We are traveling from Missouri in our renovated 1971 Vintage Airstream with our four kids. I can’t wait! Thanks for the tips. πŸ™‚

  • Byron - Side comment: my sister swears by Chacos. Seriously, she gets a dreamy look in her eyes whenever she talks about them. I’m sure they’d do you good.

  • Danielle - Just a head’s up! I have Chaco’s and while they are good sandals for the feet with their support, they do not have nearly as much traction as Teva’s. I took my Chaco hiking sandals on a trip to Hawaii with water and trails this past fall, as I had been coveting them forever for trails and whatnot, and they were very slippery, almost dangerous and did not grip as well as I had imagined. My Teva’s are FAR superior for this. If you get a chance to compare them, you should look at the bottoms of each sandal to see the difference. Rei, if you happen to get to one, has both and Teva’s clearly have better traction for such situations. Teva’s really are the way to go for hiking and water. And, they are certainly cheaper! Now knowing this, I bought the kids Teva’s this year, especially after Hawaii last year AND our trip all over Utah with hiking, where the kids did nothing but slip down trails in their water shoes with flat bottoms.