Our travels through the desert continued through the town of Moab, Utah and nearby Arches National Park.
These sandstone arches occur naturally (obviously), are massive and plentiful. There are over 2000 arches in the park!
Because these arches were new to us, we did some googling to figure out how they are formed. If you’re curious, here is a great explanation.
Coming off of lots of National Parks and plenty of hiking, the kids were not super inspired to walk miles upon miles so we just chose one hike for the day to Delicate Arch. It is considered a strenuous hike, but at only 3 miles and mainly on flat rock, it was very doable for our family and probably my favorite hike of all we’ve done.
The trail is marked with these stone cairns. The kids loved adding to them. And apparently posing with them.
Delicate Arch is not visible until you round the final corner – which is a bit of a drop-off and mildly nerve-racking when you’re hiking with squirrely boys – but once you come around the bend, there it stands.
Although not shown in the photos, there were tons of people up there, sitting all around the edges and the bowl that leads to the arch. The kids and I walked to stand under the arch and Ryan played photographer.
Side note: it’s like a fun game to try to capture photos and avoid other visitors in them. We’re getting quite good at it :)
Isn’t the arch huge?!
It was a bit intimidating to stand under and truly a site we’ll never forget.
After our hike, we walked through the cute town of Moab for ice cream and window shopping.
On the drive back to our rv site, we passed a funky looking gem, rock and fossil shop and pulled over to check it out. It proved to be so much fun!
We gave each kiddo $1 and they loved looking at everything and picking their treasures.
But what topped it all – at least for this girl – were the horses who pastured next door to our campsite. Audrey named this one Beau and spent all her free time talking to her, petting her, feeding her baby carrots and growing quite attached.
One of the greatest joys of our travels has been watching each one of the kids find what they are interested in.
On this particular stop, it was super clear:
Our oldest loved the hike. Our second favored the town. Our third has a thing for spending money, so he was very happy in the gem store. And little miss just couldn’t get enough of Beau the horse.
Ryan and I remain so very grateful for this dedicated time to be a family, get to know our kids and watch each one explore, be pushed outside of our comfort zones and process each adventure together.
As always, thanks for following along on our journey!