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Arches National Park/Moab Utah

If you have more than two, NO SHOWS and/or last minute cancellations this year, you will not be able to RSVP for this activity.

Located just 5 miles (8 km) north of Moab is Arches National Park.  This park contains more than 2,000 natural arches—the greatest concentration in the country. But numbers have no significance beside the grandeur of the landscape—the arches, the giant balanced rocks, spires, pinnacles, and slickrock domes against the enormous sky.

Perched high above the Colorado River, the park is part of southern Utah's extended canyon country, carved and shaped by eons of weathering and erosion. Some 300 million years ago, inland seas covered the large basin that formed this region. The seas refilled and evaporated—29 times in all—leaving behind salt beds thousands of feet thick. Later, sand and boulders carried down by streams from the uplands eventually buried the salt beds beneath thick layers of stone. Because the salt layer is less dense than the overlying blanket of rock, it rises up through it, forming it into domes and ridges, with valleys in between.

Most of the formations at Arches are made of soft red sandstone deposited 150 million years ago. Much later, groundwater began to dissolve the underlying salt deposits. The sandstone domes collapsed and weathered into a maze of vertical rock slabs called "fins." Sections of these slender walls eventually wore through, creating the spectacular rock sculptures that visitors to Arches see today.

The land has a timeless, indestructible look that is misleading. More than 700,000 visitors each year threaten the fragile high desert ecosystem. One concern is a dark scale called biological soil crust composed of cyanobacteria, algae, fungi, and lichens that grow in sandy areas in the park. Footprints tracked across this living community may remain visible for years. In fact, the aridity helps preserve traces of past activity for centuries. Visitors are asked to walk only on designated trails or stay on slickrock or wash bottoms.

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Double Arch

A paved scenic drive takes visitors to many of the major viewpoints within the park.  The park’s rock formations delight children as well as adults, with many easy trails providing opportunities to get out of the car and explore the arches up close.  Hikers can choose from a wide variety of trails, from short twenty minute walks leading right up to many of the largest arches in the park, to more adventurous hikes into lesser seen areas.

For the adventurous there's biking, water activities like rafting, canoeing, off road 4 wheel driving, horse riding and more hiking than you can imagine.

When: November 23rd-28th.

A carpool will also be formed among the eight people who go on this trip.  And it's understood we will share the fuel expense.  Also, if some of you cannot get out to Moab until Thursday because of work and/or family obligations and still want to attend this activity, let me know.  We can see about making accommodations for your stay at the house.

Sleeping Location: I will make arrangements for us to stay in a house that accommodates up to eight(8) people.  The cost will be $747.00, $93.38 per person for an eight person booking.  This amount may be more if we don't get eight people.  The details of the home can be found by going to the following link:  http://www.vrbo.com/121246.

You will be Wait-listed before getting on the RSVP list.  Once I receive the cost of your share towards the house rental up front, I will move you to the RSVP list.  So make sure your calendar is clear for this activity before putting the money up front to book your spot.  If your plans change, your money will be refunded if another person can be found to take your place.

What to bring: Camera, change of clothes, sleeping bag, toiletries, hiking gear, hat, sunscreen, the ten essentials, and a fun attitude.

You can also refer to the following link regarding the ten essentials to have when hiking:

http://www.backpacker.com/november-2010-ten-essentials/slideshows/138

Also, what you bring from this list of essentials will depend on the individual's preferences, knowledge, experience, climate and locations may/will require substitutions.

Some websites you may want to explore before heading to Moab to help give us some activity ideas:

Discover Moab: http://www.discovermoab.com/archesnationalpark.htm

National Parks Service information: http://www.nps.gov/arch/planyourvisit/index.htm

Moab Adventure Center: http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/sightseeing/arches.php

Disclaimer: The Organizer and Assistant Organizers in this group are not professional guides. The function of the organizer is only to organize the trip. Each person who signs up for a trip/meetup/or outing is responsible for his or her own safety. By signing up for a hike, or any other event organized by this group, you are acknowledging you are aware of the risks, dangers and hazards associated with any outdoor activity and freely accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards, and further agree to release and discharge the Organizer and Assistant Organizers of the Palm Springs&Inland Empire Hiking Meetup Group from and against any and all liability arising from your participation in the group activities.

The Organ is an impressive "Sandstone Tower".

 

Delicate Arch

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Looks like you guys had an awesome time. Great pics:):)
    Hope to join on the next trip!

    November 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    To all, great trip! I'm glad that everyone had a wonderful time.

    November 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic trip!!! Thank you, Robert.

    November 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Robert for organizing this trip. We had a great time with a great group of friends, both old (or should I say existing) and new.

    November 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Monja, thanks for taking so many great pictures. I had so much fun! you guys are a great group! Thanks for everything! HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

    November 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Robert for organizing this trip. Thank you Melissa for the canyoneering and hiking trips. Thank you Robert, Melissa, Vinay, Debbie, John, Hongwei, and Joe for the food, drinks, and friendship!

    November 28, 2013

  • Joe

    Great trip Robert!! Thank you for organizing it!!

    November 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is a test

    November 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have a safe trip back everyone

    November 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Awesome pictures, guys!!! I'm so jelly!! :( hehe.. looks a lotta fun!! I'm definitely in for the next trip. Hey, Robert. Any plans for Zion trip in the near future? Would really love to go there.

    November 26, 2013

  • Julie

    Absolutely loving the pics and wish I was there. Thanks for sharing! What a great experience.

    November 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Beautiful. Did guy guys go to delicate arch yet?

    November 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes, we were there today! Awesome site!

      November 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      See the pics now. Want to be there

      November 24, 2013

  • Julie

    Ya'll have a great time. Looks amazing! Wish I was going. Be safe!!!

    November 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeah Julie, wish you were joining us too! It will be a nice change from all the hikes we've been doing. You have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and see you at the next Blue Mountain hike!

      November 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have a safe and fun trip everyone and come back safe! Hongwei you have some of my best buds in the car with you so make them behave! Melissa I know your car will be responsie

    November 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Responsible

      2 · November 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have a safe trip and enjoy. Happy Trails!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Alrite... keep me posted. Thanks Robert. Have a fun and safe trip! :)

    November 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Robert, Thanks for all your quick responses with my questions. I appreciate them all.. but I think I am accepting the fact that it's too late for me to gather more people so I can go. LoL. I was sad because I've been wanting to do this trip for a long time but found this posting late. But, I know there'll be more opportunity in the future.. so keep these invitations coming and posted. Have an amazing and safe trip everyone. Hope to see you all on the next trip! :)

    November 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeah, wish you could have come out! But stay tuned in for the Spring! We are looking to plan a combo hike: Sedona and Humphreys peak in Flagstaff. I have two people already interested. Also, a trip during another time maybe in April to the Grand Canyon!

      November 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just did the Fiery Furnace walk in Arches three weeks ago. Fabulous park!

    November 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awesome!

      November 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey, Robert. So, are you still accepting people? Well, just me really. And if you do, can u give me the total amount that I need to pay for car rental, lodging, etc? Thanks

    November 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Grace,

      we only have one other person interested in going. Not enough people to get a second house unless you guys are willing to split the $150/nite cost. Let me know. Also, house I'm in is filled to capicity.

      Robert

      November 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ok guys, don't bite my head off. But what do you guys think about leaving for Arches Friday night around 6p-7p? It's a 10-12hour drive and those not driving can sleep through the trip except for driver and navigator. Also, it gives us most of Saturday there. Let me know.

    November 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ok, thanks Debbie! In case we do leave early, has Melissa figured out which hikes we have planned? I want to be sure we don't do a hike Saturday she already planned for us to do together.

      November 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I will see Melissa today and will ask that she updates you.

      November 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Robert. Thanks for the quick response. Would you give me the total amount of money(for house, car rental, etc.) that I need to give you and by when? My schedule is open so far... very likely to go!! :)

    November 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Grace, i've received a number of inquiries from interested folks. Based on this, I'm looking into getting a second house. I will need your money once we get the house. Let me know.

    November 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just saw this posting. Read all comments. I was wondering.. is it still open for me to RSVP?

    November 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    To All,

    As mentioned in the options laid out in an e-mail that I sent out earlier (thank you Robert, Debbie, John, Melissa & Monja for your feedback), I have reserved a car for 4 people - Debbie, John, Melissa & me. The cost for the car is approx $215.00, including insurance. If the others are interested in rental a car, I would suggest you do so out of Ontario airport where I found the best prices. Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Vinay

    November 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Robert, that sounds great!

      November 6, 2013

    • Joe

      sounds good Robert

      November 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Re Food:

    As far as food, I suggest that we each be responsible for our breakfasts & lunches. Dinners can be a combination of eating out/cooking @ the home. When Robert, Melissa, Hongwei and I went to Arizona last year we bought groceries locally & cooked dinner as a group at the rental house (of course, this will be more complicated with eight people). Feedback?

    Thanks

    Vinay

    November 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm fine with dinner in. I have a broiled salmon with a sweet and sour baste receipe I can prepared. But of course, it's up to everyone else as far as their dinner preference.

      November 6, 2013

    • Joe

      cooking at home sounds good to me. just see what they have at the super market and just go from there.

      November 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Vinay, what's the word on the transportation? I may have one more person going with us for a total of nine people. Let me know, thanks!

    October 29, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Robert, is this ninth person still going? Why didn't you mention him/her in the emails today?

      November 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Not confirmed.

      November 5, 2013

  • Joe

    Ephedra’s Grotto – Moab’s best half-day trip! sounds good to me.

    November 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The owners has emailed the address and codes to the home we will be staying. So everything is set with where we will stay. Some time before the trip, we need to discuss, off-line, the room assignments. Also, Melissa, Vinay and myself need to continue discussion regarding the cot idea so everyone is on the same page. Also, haven't heard from Vinay regarding the transportation. Give us an update if we need to drive our own vehicles. If so, how many will be driving? ...Thanks!

    November 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Robert, can you give a description of how many bedrooms and how many, and what size bed, is in each room?

      November 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      The descriptions can be found by going to the attached VRBO link listed above in activity information section: http://www.vrbo.com/1...­

      November 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We have three days there - how about a day for hiking/taking pictures in the park, a day on rented bikes, and what are you thoughts on a day for a guided canyoneering trip? A bit pricey, but we may as well see it all! Check this out: http://moabdesertadventures.com/canyoneering.htm

    October 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Melissa, sounds good to me.

      October 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Robert, when are you booking the house?

    October 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      It has been booked. Why do you ask?

      October 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Just curious. Since we changed the date and held off until the park reopened, I was wondering if you were able to get the same house.

      October 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey guys, I don't plan to bring my mountain bike after all. I spoke to a friend who has been there before and we can rent bikes at one of the shops. Also, if you are open to other activities such as mountain biking tours, horseback riding, ziplining, jeep safari tours, paddleboarding (burrrr....), etc, here is the link to a business providing these and other activities: http://www.moabadventurecenter.com/trips/biking/. I definitely like to take a mountain biking tour/rent a bike and take our own tour. Other than that, I'm open to anything.

    October 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Along with Vinay handling transportation, Melissa has told me she is finding hiking areas for us to explore in Moab. Thanks, Melissa!

      October 27, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That is, Vinay is handling the transportation arrangements.

      October 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have we decided on transportation arrangements?

    October 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      No transportation arrangements decided yet. We're going to need at least two car though. I'm willing to drive. Anyone else? As far as what time we want to depart from the IE and from where, we can begin this discussion. John, are these arrangements you're thinking about? If not, let me know what you're thinking.

      October 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      John, speak to Vinay about the transportation. It's my sense he has taken on this responsibility. Thanks, Vinay!

      October 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    okay guys, the gov't shutdown is over. I'm going to move forward and book the house for the trip. Thanks for everyone's patience, it's greatly appreciated!

    October 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Is it booked yet.

      October 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks John, Debbie, Melissa, and Joe for getting the money to me. I'm still waiting for money from Vinay, Hongwei and Ursula.

    September 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Okay guys, we have eight people. So if you have not sent your money, it will be $93.38. You can mail payments to: 11711 Sand Canyon Rd., Yucaipa, Ca 92399, Attn: Robert McAtee. I will not book the house until I receive all payments. Also, I plan to do some causal mountain biking in Moab. Hey, we'll be in Moab, the mountain bike mecca = ). If you like to join me, my bike rack has room for three additional bikes.

    September 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Your bike rack has room? We'd like to take ours.

      September 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yeah, partial payment so far from John and Debbie. And sounds good w/the bike space. So John, Debbie, Melissa and myself will have space on the bike rack.

      September 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just a quick note, I was able to get a response regarding a bid for the house. I'll post this evening the date change and other details. For now though, the home cost will be $747 and we have seven people confiemed for sure and have room for three more people.

    September 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not full. Before getting on the RSVP list, I will need half the cost of your share towards the house rental up front.  So make sure your calendar is clear for this activity before putting the money up front to book your spot.  If your plans change, your money will be refunded if another person can be found to take your place.

    April 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi is this full

    April 17, 2013

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