There are very few words to describe the feeling of being in the middle of nowhere. In a nutshell: inspiring, therapeutic and utterly terrifying. Camping in Moab, Utah was one of the best experiences of my life and I already can’t wait to go back. I would highly recommend visiting this area of the US, and I’ve come up with a little guide on what to bring, what to do and where to go.
It took about five and a half hours from Denver to get to our campsite. The drive there is stunning and beautiful, but prepare for random spurts of snow and sunshine on the way – dependent on the time of the year of course (I went in April). I would highly recommend buying your alcohol before getting to Utah because the highest alcohol percentage sold is 3.2% for everything (thank you Mormons). Other things I highly recommend, other than the usual camping supplies: sunscreen (unless you like getting skin cancer), sandals (unless you want sand in every pair of shoes you own), dry shampoo (unless you love greasy hair) and lots of layers (unless you love being cold at night). I was warned there would be rattlesnakes, but I didn’t see one – THANK THE GOOD LORD. So I’m unsure of what to prepare for if you run into one, but I’m assuming some kind of huge knife. You’re welcome.
We did disperse camping which is easy to find on google maps – and let me tell you, our campsite was absolutely uhhhh-mazing. If you’re doing disperse camping, take some kind of car high off the ground otherwise it will bottom out and possibly get stuck. It took us about 25 minutes to get to the campsite, and it was a mini cave with a fire pit. Lots of hiking and rock climbing around us as well. It was the prime camping spot.
The first day there we went to US Arches National Park. It was free because it was National Park Week, but it normally costs a small fee. We first drove to Delicate Arch. It’s hard to put into words the level of beauty there, and pictures do it far from justice. It was about 3.5 miles round trip hike. Then we drove up to Devils Garden which was overall a 6 mile hike – incredibly long and intense because we took a not-so-common back area around the park and I can safely say I wanted to sit for an entire week (worth it).
Overall Moab was by far one of the best experiences of my life. For those who haven’t gone camping before – it’s a completely different world. Everyone is so happy to be there, ready to celebrate, go on random adventures and enjoy each other’s company. Going with people who love adventure and being in the silence of nature is what made this trip so wonderful. I have some pretty great friends, and I hope to enjoy some more trips with them this summer. More camping posts to come! xo