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.
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:
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.