Monday – Tuesday, March 11-12, 2013
Long story short, I had ended up with two passes for a ranger guided tour of the Fiery Furnace in Arches National Park on Tuesday and had taken the day off from work so I could go. The weather in Moab was looking good so I headed down after work on Monday and setup my campsite along the Colorado River just outside of town. I grabbed a burger at the Moab Brewery for dinner and then took a drive up Long Canyon as the sun was setting for the evening. It was a beautiful sunset.
Fins & Mountains by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
Long Canyon by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
The following morning I drove into Arches to the Fiery Furnace trailhead as the sun was lighting up the cliffs a bright red color.
Arches Road by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
The Fiery Furnace is a cool area but I really did not like being with a group of people on the ranger-guided hike. Because of that, I only took one quick photo the whole time. Maybe I should have just left my camera in the Jeep. Here’s my friend Jackson taking a photo in the fins of the Fiery Furnace. I’m definitely going to need to return on my own in the future so I can take some more photos.
Jackson by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
After the hike, Jackson and I parted ways and I did a little hiking and exploring in Courthouse Wash. After that I decided to hike up to Delicate Arch to catch the sunset before heading back home for the evening. It had been a few years since I visited Delicate Arch and I’d never been up there for sunset before, so it was great to watch.
Delicate Light by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
Delicate Arch by IntrepidXJ, on Flickr
Fun stuff and beautiful shots! My wife and I got permission to go into Fiery Furnace by ourselves back in 2002… I think we had to watch a video and swear to them we were experienced back country hikers.
I had wanted to go into the Fiery Furnace on my own back in December, but I got talked into signing up for a ranger-guided tour (not by the park)… Next time I will be going solo.