Moab on the Colorado


I camped by the Colorado River in the Red Rocks Gorge north of Moab.1

The gorge is not as deep as some of other canyons, but the cliffs on both sides are nearly vertical through all of the 15 mile drive. You can’t get a feel of the size in the photographs. There are a couple of places along highway 128 where the cliffs overhang the highway. The downside of being at the bottom of a 2,000 foot canyon is that there is no cell service of any kind.

Moab is a city filled with hotels, ATV, Jeep, bicycle and boat rentals, as well as tour operators for all of them — and crowds. The entrance to Arches National Park is two miles away and entrance is by reservation only – which I did not have. I did drive there and turned around at a sign that said “Two hour wait from here”.

About 9:30 in the evening the cliffs over the river were lit up like daylight. The light moved down the river toward me. The aliens have landed!

  1. I wish I could remember all the times I have camped by the Colorado. The two I do remember are Needles California and Laughton Nevada. []