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The Essential Arches


Archscenic_copy   Arches National Park
    * This southern Utah park is a must-see for park aficionados. Its surreal rock architecture of arches and windows, hoodoos and spires spawns expectations that Fred Flintstone will round the corner with Betty at his side.
    * Visitation is best in April and May or late-September and October, when the temperatures aren't like those of a convection oven.
    * If you have time for only one hike, follow the path to Delicate Arch. Time for two? Head to Landscape Arch and beyond to Double O Arch, then circle back via the Primitive Trail.
    * Best adventure? A canyoneering excursion into Lomatium Canyon with Desert Highlights.
    * Kid-pleaser? Sand Dune Arch.
    * How do you escape the crowds? Venture through the Salt Valley to Klondike Bluffs, but be sure you have a shovel in the trunk in case you bog down in drifting sands across the road.
    * Best dinner? Smoked elk tenderloin mignon with caramelized onions in a huckleberry, chipotle pepper and port wine reduction sauce at the Desert Bistro or seared Ahi and diver scallops in a cilantro-Shoyu reduction with ginger Jasmine rice at the Center Cafe.
    * Best breakfast? Ginger pancakes with Dutch Apple Butter and a side of peppered bacon at the Jailhouse Cafe.   
    * Best lodging, price not an object? Sorrel River Ranch.
    * Best bargain lodging? Moab Super 8.


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A couple of years ago, my husband and I visited Zion, Bryce and Sedona. We found online a hiking guide to the Sedona area that included turn-by-turn trail instructions, with *photographs* at each stage. The creator of the guide offered a downloadable PDF version for sale at a very reasonable price. We bought it, and it turned out to be very helpful.

We are now planning a trip to Arches and Canyonlands, and have been looking for a similar guide, but we have not been able to find one. This appears to be a very knowledgeable and authoritative site. Does anyone here know of a source for a guide of this type for Arches and/or Canyonlands, in any format?


Fran Fruit
Winnetka, IL

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