Labor Day of 2014 took me to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Getting to Arches and Canyonlands is easy from New York; we hopped a direct flight from JFK to Salt Lake City on Jet Blue. (Salt Lake City is about a 3.5 hour drive from Arches National Park.) We arrived in Salt Lake City close to midnight and drove about a half hour to Park City where we spent the night at the Hyatt Escala Lodge. We got a great deal with Priceline Name Your Own Price; the resort did not disappoint. Our room was huge and gorgeous with multiple fireplaces. We easily could have fit more than just the two of us in there. (The only downside to staying at the Hyatt Escala Lodge in the off season is that there is no room service. I also regret not bringing my dog; the Hyatt Escala Lodge is dog-friendly.)
|Park City, Utah|
|Swimming at the Holiday Inn in Moab|
The next day took us to the Moab Music Festival; a great music festival that we read about in a magazine in our hotel room in Park City. We did a hike with the music festival where we hiked with musicians to a nice red rock overlook where we enjoyed a classical music concert. Many of the hikers were elderly people who were slow hikers so we spent a while hanging out on the rocks waiting for the concert to start. The weather was gorgeous though so it was enjoyable. We were also some of the first from the group to return to Moab afterward.
|Musicians coming out on the red rocks|
|Hike to concert|
We spent the afternoon touring some of the arches in Arches National Park, and we spent the evening enjoying horseback riding at the Sorrel River Ranch. After horseback riding, we enjoyed more music at the Moab Music Festival at the Sorrel River Ranch. (The Sorrel River Ranch looked great; next time I travel to Moab, I hope to stay there!)
|Arches in Fiery Furnace|
All in all, the national parks and learning about the Mormon religion, made for a great trip. I highly recommend the trip and it can be easily done in a long weekend!