This summer I was lucky enough to hop on the back of my BF’s BMW motorcycle and travel 6,500 miles across The Pacific Northwest making this my longest adventure yet. He took me to places I had been dreaming about since I was little. I am still not even half-way done with the travel diaries because there was just simply so much. And I need more time in the day. I really hope to get them all completed over the Thanksgiving holiday as I will be in Houston for one week and will have lots of down time. In the mean-time though— I am so excited to be sharing my favorite places from the awfully BIG adventure with you over here on The Simon and Ruby blog. These were the destinations that captured my attention and sparked my imagination.
Moab is a hidden desert gem for sure!
A mecca for mountain bikers, and outdoor enthusiasts alike, the tiny desert town of just over 5,100 is a stone’s throw away from two beautiful national parks (Arches and Canyonlands) and a stunning state park (Dead Horse Point). Set against the backdrop of rocky, crimson landscapes and desolate desert sand, Moab is a year-round destination for festivals, races, and events. This was my second time here and I am so glad we got in early enough to explore it a tad more.
Spend the day discovering Arches National Park. Take a quick jaunt up to see the Delicate Arch and snap a tourist-y photo standing under its shadow. For a longer day hike, explore the Devil’s Garden Trail, the longest in the park. Arrive early to beat the crowds (and the heat). The entrance fee is $25 per vehicle or $10 per person (if entering on bike or foot).
Rent an Off-Road Vehicle from High Point Hummer and ATV. If you’ve wanted to try a new Polaris RZR UTV Side by Side this is the place for you! They offer the newest selection both street legal and non, at the best value! Their expert mechanics always ensure they are in top working order. They provide everything you need to safely enjoy a great day on the trail including helmets, coolers, water and even a trailer to get you to your destination. Much of the public land surrounding the National Parks is open to ATV travel on existing trails. (However, please note that ATV riding is not allowing within either Arches or Canyonlands National Park.) I knew you were thinking about it! We sure were.
Moab has a full range of backcountry trails, from easy 2-wheel drive backcountry scenic drives to the ultimate in challenging 4-wheel drive trails, providing an opportunity for all to experience the beauty and solitude of an off road adventure. Trails such as Secret Spire and Chicken Corners are great for beginners, while Pritchett Canyon and Golden Spike will get the adrenaline pumping in even the most experienced drivers. Always obtain the most up-to-date information prior to departing for a trip, and be prepared. Remember, turning back is usually an option as well. Please choose your trail wisely, with honest appraisal of your equipment and experience in this terrain. We opted for the beginner trail and I am so glad we did. It was pretty challenging to navigate at some parts.
In order to get to Chicken Corners, you have to first travel the 5.5 miles of Hurrah Pass Trail via Kane Creek Road. (This was seriously so beautiful) Then travel down the other side of Hurrah Pass on the actual Chicken Corners Trail. The trail is bumpy, rocky and moderately difficult. It gradually decends along a rough shelf road, finally leveling off above the Colorado. The trail ends at a small parking area, where you now must proceed on foot to a short, very narrow trail to the actual Chicken Corners. This hike is not for anyone who fears height. The trail is over 500′ above the Colorado River and on a ledge no wider than 2 feet at its narrowest. Um….we did not take the hike and turned back as we only had the Side by Side for three hours…
Sooooo much fun! Worth every penny my dears!
Travel adds so much color to my daily life. Treat everyday like an adventure. I hope my travels inspire your own journey, wherever it takes you. If you missed out on part 1 & part 2 of our on the road travel diary, be sure to check them out.
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