Christmas Day | Saturday, December 25, 2021
It’s Christmastime again, which means that it’s also time for our annual Christmas in Arches visit! This year we were already staying at a hotel in Moab on Friday and Saturday nights since the holiday fell on a weekend, so I thought it would be a good idea to get up early on Saturday morning for our traditional hike to Landscape Arch. This way we could watch the first light of the day strike the arch at sunrise while we made sure it was still standing after another year. Afterwards I planed to do a little backcountry hiking and exploring around Courthouse Wash and Willow Spring for the rest of the morning and afternoon. Here are some photo from our day in Arches National Park!
Landscape Arch, Christmas Sunrise 2021
Devils Garden Morning
Landscape Arch Trail
Disappearing Petroglyphs. Maybe one day I will actually run out of new petroglyphs to find in Arches…
Sheep on a Patch
An old shack near Willow Spring.
Lower Willow Spring Wash near Courthouse Wash
It had rained quite a bit the previous day so there was a lot of water around.
Walking the sandstone with the La Sal Mountains on the horizon.
After exploring new parts of the backcountry I returned to Balanced Rock and the Petrified Dunes area to take a few photos at sunset before returning to town for the evening.
Balanced Rock View
Mount Tukuhnikivatz was looking nice with a fresh coating of snow.
Snow on the La Sal Mountains
Ham Rock & Garden of Eden
Mount Mellenthin at Sunset