Day seven

After a good night's sleep we were on our way to our second National park, named Arches National Park, but not before corssing into UTAH with it's beautiful desert-like scenery.

After a couple of hours the landscape began to change from flat-ish desert to more Rock-like formations, a sign we were getting closer to the park.

A couple of kilometers before the park there's a little pull-out with a small church, and more amazing views, which we decided to explore.

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The United States have many great national parks and the state of Utah happens to have a couple of the highlight parks.

The main parks almost everyone on a east-west road-trip visits are Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park and Canyonlands National Park.

The park tour starts with a bang, beautiful views of spectacular rock formations just around the first bend after climbing a big hill.

Making our way down into the flats, there were lots of pull-outs from the main route with great views.

Ancient Sand Dunes

Names of things in the park are generally pretty grand, such as this view of the Ancient Sand Dunes

In the distance we could finally see our first Arches.

True to our American way of visiting parks on this trip we didn't venture far from our car, missing out on some truly spectacular views. Luckily I was able to make it up on future trips. Always explore the area around the viewpoints, folks!

We took a side-road down to the valley floor where we spotted some local critters.

Dead Horse Point State Park

Across from Arches is a lesser known park, called Dead Horse Point State Park. It's still quite a trip from the road leading up to Arches climbing pretty steeply all the way. At the end is a parking spot and a restaurant almost hanging over the cliff where we got some coffee to energise.

It is worth the trouble, though as once you're up there, the views are amazing. I highly recommend the detour!