Colorado River at Moab

After Milky Way photography and dawn at North Window, we wanted a relaxing afternoon, so we drove along the Colorado River, which forms the south boundary of Arches National Park.

Above, the red rock of Arches NP contrasts with the Colorado River and the sky, as two rafts float down the river. A great activity for a warm afternoon. Colorado means red in Spanish. Running through all the red rock of the Colorado Plateau, the river water might have a reddish tint, but I wouldn’t call it red.

From Moab, we drove along the Colorado for about 15 miles. South of the river, red buttes reminiscent of Monument Valley stretched across the horizon. The La Sal mountains that we saw at Delicate Arch are in the distance.

red buttes along the Colorado

A quiet afternoon around Moab, just what we needed after waking at 2 am. A river float, a drive into the mountains, or a hike into a canyon invited us to do more, but we were tired and would drive to Colorado the next day.


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I enjoy travel, art, food, photography, nature, California native plants, history, and yoga. I am a retired software engineer. The gravatar is a Nuttall's woodpecker that visited our backyard.

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