I have been meaning to finish posting all the details of our 2017 summer road trip for 9 months now! But this little thing called Grad School and these 6 little things called My Children and this other thing called a JOB have not been allowing me blog time. So…my goal now is to post ALL of our 2017 summer road trip, plus some recent trips to Chicago, Denver, San Antonio and Austin, and Seattle and Portland and a few SoCal staycation adventures before we leave on our 2018 road trip!
On day 4, we woke up in Green River, Utah. Now, normally I am happy to travel on a budget, and when considering lodging while visiting the last 2 of Utah’s Mighty 5 National Parks, Green River was considerably more affordable than Moab, so we went with Green River. I DO NOT ADVISE THIS. SPEND THE MONEY ON MOAB! Look, I’m even giving you a link to Moab’s tourism page. discovermoab.com/
Trust me on this. My apologies to residents and fans of Green River, but it’s not good. There is nothing there, and it is just kinda yucky. The saving grace was that we decided to order takeout from the nicest restaurant they had, and it was actually fabulous. If you stay or dine in Green River, Utah, try Tamarisk Restaurant. And most definitely order the Navajo Fry Bread. That was one of the food highlights of summer 2017. http://www.tamariskrestaurant.com/menu
Brian entertained the kids while I worked the early part of the day, since it was now Monday. What a blessing it is having a great job that lets you telecommute! As soon as I finished my workday, we decided to hit both Arches and Canyonlands because we wanted out of Green River ASAP. This was one really cool view between Green River and Moab!
We got to look around Moab a bit, but not as much as we would have liked. Then, we headed for Arches National Park. This is the one I was most excited about, and mostly it did not disappoint. It was a really, REALLY hot day, so instead of doing a lot of hiking, we took advantage of all the great pull-off points and did short walks instead.
Our favorite stop was the North and South Window.
Delicate Arch, the one you see in all the photos of Arches, was really small! We would have loved to hike right up close to it, but did I mention it was super hot that day? So we settled for the “short” hike and got some photos of it.
We wanted to hit Canyonlands National Park on the same day, so we limited our time at Arches so we could cover more ground. The drive from Arches to Canyonlands wasn’t too far and was really gorgeous and enjoyable. We weren’t sure what to expect at Canyonlands, as we hadn’t heard as much about it as some of the other Mighty 5, but WOW! We did the Mesa Arch trail hike and caught some breathtaking views.
My husband almost had a heart attack when he saw me catching this photo with Pierce. But I promise we were not in danger. I’m not an idiot!
We did a bit of hiking in Canyonlands as the weather was cooling down nicely, and realized we had enough time for a quick stop at Dead Horse Point State Park. I highly recommend making this stop if you also have enough time. It was beautiful!
After Dead Horse point we headed back to our hotel to survive one more night in Green River, and we couldn’t wait to get on the road to Colorado on day five!