Arches National Park
Do you want the good news, or the bad news first? OK, let's start with the bad news. After a 5 hour drive, we arrived at the visitor center for Arches National Park at about 4:30 PM. The parking lot was filled with cars, and there was a good line of cars just waiting to get in. Patiently we waited until we could find a parking space. As we walked up to the smiling Park Ranger I knew in my heart that there was not a chance in hell that there would be a camp site available for us, and she confirmed it. “Oh, all of our sites are reservable a year in advance, and they fill I up fast. We are fully booked,” she added. She suggested that there might be sites available outside the park. There goes the vision of camping under the arch filled night sky, I thought.
She was right. About 10 miles away, we found a commercial campground called Spanish Trail RV Park. At $40 for a site with only electric and NO shade we felt bummed out.
Now for the good news. We left for the park at 6 AM, and it was everything and more than we had dreamed of. It was like being in a natural Disneyland. You be the judge. Here are just a few of the over 200 images I shot. I guess that we will be spending another night in this nasty overpriced campground, and going to the park early again tomorrow.