Two years ago, I spent Thanksgiving day in Arches National Park. Living in Arizona at the time, flying back to Maryland for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, just a few short weeks apart, was a bit too expensive. Instead, a national park road trip landed me in Utah.
Hiking in a national park on Thanksgiving day was quite spectacular. Much to my surprise, there were quite a few people and families exploring the park.
The first three hours of the day were spent hiking to the Delicate Arch. A fantastic and beautiful hike. Once I arrived, my iPhone was able to connect with my sister and we face timed about 100 yards from the arch :) I loved being able to show my family the incredible view I was taking in.
After relaxing and enjoying the reward for my hike, I made my way back to the car and stopped for a few short hikes while heading out of the park. One provided a new vantage point for the Delicate Arch, from a distance. The tiny people in this photograph give this amazing rock formation a bit of perspective.
The entire park is overwhelmingly impressive. I can’t wait to head back and hike to many of the arches for a second time.
I hope you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving, if you celebrate. And if you don’t, hopefully your Thursday was quite spectacular :)