Tales of Adventure: Moab Edition

Posted on 01. Nov, 2012 by in Camping, Outdoor Recreation

This is a guest post by Chris Hodgson, editor of iwriteoutdoor.com.

A few weeks ago I went down  to Moab for a weekend of adventure- no real plans of what we would do or where we would stay. It turned out to be one of the funnest trips I’ve ever had; Moab has so much to offer with Arches and Canyonlands National Park literally right next to each other and the Colorado River to raft down. So we decided to go off the beaten path and see what we could find. I wholeheartedly recommend camping like this every once in a while- but if you do here’s some advice.

1. Be prepared to get your hands dirty- Now I’m not suggesting you go out and destroy nature, just that there is a lot of trails and hikes that don’t get a lot of attention and most times those will be the most memorable for you. For example, me and my friend wanted to go four-wheeling and so we picked up a book and found a spot- half an hour later we were there. The trail was called seven-mile rim and got pretty intense in a few spots as the trail followed an old river bed. However, Moab is perfect because you can turn off on any dirt road surrounding the city and find some amazing scenery.

2. Set your expectations low and be prepared to improvise- The first night in Moab we had to scramble to find a place to sleep as it was starting to rain. We drove for probably 45 minutes before we found a secluded spot just off the road by the Colorado River. The spot was perfect, but during the drive we were getting a little worried. However, we were both totally okay with sleeping anywhere with a flat spot where we could set up our tent.

3. Find joy in exploring- OK so you might not enjoy this style of camping if you don’t like finding new things and aren’t willing to make a few mistakes. In our trip we heard about this rock climbing wall that you got to through the back of Arches. We had never been there and didn’t know anybody who had- so we followed the directions and admittedly got lost once or twice…..or five times. We eventually found it though and it was awesome! It’s called Sunshine Wall and we camped there the second night and literally nobody else was there. Other than the rock climbing routes there was a small valley stream and other rock formations that were a blast to explore and climb. I’d be really interested to know how many people had ever actually been there. It definitely was an adventure, and one we probably would have never had if we had been committed to a strict schedule. I’m not saying there isn’t a time and a place for that kind of camping, but give this type a try and I really think you’ll like it.

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