Arches and Canyonlands National Parks are stunning even in the cold

 Arches and Canyonlands National Parks are stunning even in the cold

The bad news is is was cold – temps in the Upper 40’s and low 50’s – as we made a detour on our long drive to Salt Lake City this weekend to do some impromptu exploring and hiking at two of our favorite National Parks.

The good news is the crowds were down and we had access to all the great spots with no problems finding a parking spot at either Canyonlands or Arches National Parks.

The warm weather tourists were still at home but the parks were as gorgeous as ever. Look at the featured image above. That’s us driving a dirt road on some federal land leading to Canyonlands National Park. We didn’t pass a soul and had all those wild open spaces all to ourselves.

That’s Wilson’s Arch behind us. It’s south of Arches National Park and pets are okay there. Bo climbed to the top with us.

Saddest part of the day was we couldn’t take Bo out of the RV while we were in the parks, even on a leash, per NP rules. He just didn’t understand, especially since he was able to hike with us on some unfenced federal range land we found a bit south of the parks earlier.

And he climbed up to the top of Wilson’s Arch with us, about 15 miles south of Moab. But he stayed in the Wonder RTB we have been using from Leisure Travel Vans while we hiked the parks. Then afterwards, we found a dig park in Moab where he romped off leash with the local canines.

We did our regular Sunday night Ask Us Anything YouTube live stream from the back of the Wonder at the dog park last night. Here’s a rerun.

Tomorrow, we return the Wonder. Bo will be boarded at the home of a Salt Lake City couple we found on while Jen and I cover the big RVx industry show Tuesday-Thursday. We’ll have a live report at 3PM Thursday from the show on our RV Lifestyle Channel on You Tube.

Then, next week, we’ll begin a two week just-for-us RV trip back through those National Parks for a couple days, and then on down through New Mexico and eventually South Texas.

It’s all good, even if it’s still a bit chilly out here.



Mike Wendland

Mike is a veteran journalist who, with his wife, Jennifer, travels North America in a small motorhome, blogging about the people, places, joys and adventure of RV life on the road. He enjoys camping (obviously), hiking, biking, fitness, photography, kayaking, video editing, and all things dealing with technology and the outdoors. See and subscribe to his RV Lifestyle Channel on YouTube, where he has hundreds of RV and travel related videos. His PC MIke TV reports, on personal technology are distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations.