I know, I know, this post is almost like two months late but better late than never, right? So if you didn’t catch my Instagram from Memorial Day and early June, you may have seen that I was in Moab, Utah. And funny enough, our Memorial Day weekend in Moab almost didn’t happen. It was in our plans to do a road trips to hit up Moab, Bryce/Zion and Grand Canyon. Sadly, planning just didn’t seem to happen. We were really busy during this time and planning Memorial Day weekend in Moab kind of slipped through the cracks.
Luckily, my husband and his friend at work got to talking and seemed like everyone and their mom was heading to Moab. Apparently, Memorial Day weekend in Moab is like, the craziest weekend of the year for the city. So the boys got to planning and starting figuring out the details. So on that Friday after work, my husband’s friend, his wife, their baby, my husband, Phoebe the Shiba, and I all packed our camping gear and ourselves into their SUV and off we went to beautiful Moab.
Since the trip was kind of a last minute, we basically threw a hail Mary when it came to our accommodations. With hardly any camping spots available, we placed our faith in yet another coworker of my husbands who just so happened to be in Moab with his wife and their two kids. Sure enough, they were able to find a camping spot in a BLM designated area called Kane’s Creek . Luckily, the spots were only $20 a night for all of us and right along the water.
If you haven’t heard of BLM camping, it’s basically dispersed areas that aren’t as equipped as some camp grounds. Costs range from free to very cheap. It’s worth it if you don’t mind getting a little dirty and roughing it a little. However, we got really lucky with Kane’s Creek because it had bathrooms and showers! Totally needed especially since Moab is pretty dusty and HOT!
Once we got our accommodations settled, it was nearly 8 at night and in time for sunset and dinner. Since we were camping, we brought a TON of food from Costco and actually made some amazing meals. We stayed up and looked at the stars, had some beers and got to bed for an early morning of exploring.
Arches National Park
We spent our first day exploring Arches National Park, which I’ve got to say, is so much cooler in person. Costs to get into Arches are $25 per vehicle, but we decided to get the actual US National Park pass for $80. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on trails so we didn’t bring Phoebe with us to Arches. Luckily, my husband’s other coworker and their family had their dog with them and stayed behind at camp to explore and play and watched our little Pheebs (thank God!)
When we first got into the camp, we drove around to get a feel and basically just kept pulling over at all the major sites and hikes. We checked out Fiery Furnace, Devils Garden, Double O Arch, just to name a few. We spent a good few hours checking out all the arches (there are over 2000!) and just hiked/drove around.
We left around 2 pm because it became way to hot and miserable. We felt it was necessary to head back to camp to hang out with Pheebs. Everyone else headed to play in the creek, while Josh and I hung back to play Gin Rummy, walk Pheebs and have a couple Moab Brewery beers.
On day two, we went back in the evening to do the Delicate Arch hike during sunset. It’s beautiful and definitely one of the biggest highlights within the park. There are two hikes to check it out, a long and a short hike. The longer hike takes about 1.5-2 hours where the short hike is a mere 20 minute walk roundtrip. We opted for the shorter hike since we brought the pup with us to get her out of camp. Even though we didn’t get up close, we were more than happy with it.
Arches NP Tips:
- It gets very hot, so I recommend going in the early morning or evening.
- There is not a lot of shade or cloud cover, so wear sunscreen and hats.
- Bring a camel back!
- We didn’t see a restaurant inside the park and luckily had food with us. Be sure to bring plenty of water, food, and snacks.
- Even though it was Memorial Day weekend in Moab, the park wasn’t too crowded. Don’t let big holidays deter you from visiting.
Corona Arch Hike
This hike was amazing! Located a little outside of the main part of Moab, it is still very easy to get to. The hike itself takes about an hour (probably longer) round trip from the parking lot to the actual arch. I recommend doing it earlier in the day, since there is little shade.
The best part about Corona Arch hike is that it is dog friendly. However, you have to climb a rock by using a rope, as well as climb a ladder. Since we had Phoebe with us, attempting this wasn’t the best idea. While some dogs can do this no problem, I saw it as an issue for us. Shiba Inu’s are known to be runners (dogs who runaway once off leash). Since I have horrible ankle issues, I decided to hang back. In all reality, I didn’t mind it because I could see the arch just fine. Also, the hike has a ton of Native American hieroglyphics along the way. So be sure to keep your eye out for them.
Corona Arch Hike Tips:
- Do in early morning because there is little shade.
- You can take your dog on this hike. However, you have to climb both a rock and ladder to make it to the arch. Depending on your dog, this might make completing the hike difficult.
- Keep an eye out for Native American hieroglyphics. There is a lot of cool imagery and drawings on rock faces throughout the hike.
- There are natural pools right by Corona Arch. I believe it’s the parking lot right after and pretty easy to find once your through the tunnel. But you have been warned…when we went, there were tons of nudies just letting it all hang out. May not be the best place to go if you have the kids in tow.
A night out at Moab Brewery
On our second night, my husband, his friend and I went to Moab Brewery. And let me tell you, this place is the place to be. It was packed, considering Memorial Day weekend in Moab is the busiest weekend of the year! Not to mention, great beers! The boys had the stronger IPAs and I had the pale ale. All of which were delicious. Considering Utah has unique liquor laws, we bought our beers from them before heading back to camp.
Our Memorial Day weekend in Moab was so fun! A little random but overall, a great time. When we weren’t exploring, we had such a fun time at camp. We played Gin Rummy and Crazy 8’s and drank with other campers into the wee hours. We ate “fancy” camp food and satisfied our sweet tooth’s with smores or gelato from Moab Brewery (so good!).
The next time we go back to Moab, we will definitely indulge in some more activities. There is so much to do there: kayak or white water raft down Colorado River. Rent Raptors and dirt bikes and explore the outer parts of the city. Check out Canyonlands. Go skydiving. Rock climbing. I can really go on and on about what you can do in Moab. So needless to say, I am very excited to return back to Moab!
Thank you again for stopping by and tomorrow is Friday, which means #FlyAwayFriday blog linkup will be running. We’d love to have you join the fun.