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Moab Day 2: Cool River and a Fiery Furnace

by Matt Zaffino

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Posted on April 4, 2011 at 11:51 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 6:25 PM


 We started the day with a quick float trip on the Colorado River. One of the great things about Moab is you can be actually DOING something, riding rapids, mountain biking or hiking, within about 15 minutes from town.


This was an easy half-day float. A class 3 and a couple class 2 rapids, and lots of great scenery. Blue Herons and river otters cruise the banks as we float past.



 This is Fiery Furnace, a series of tight slot canyons in Arches National Park. It's one of my favorite places in southern Utah! The fins of rock that form the slot canyons create shade which keeps Fiery Furnace cooler than the surrounding desert. It's called Fiery Furnace because of the color the rock turns around sunset. 



The pour-offs and rock formations are nothing short of trippy in Fiery Furnace. It's easy to get lost in the labyrinth, but the rewards of exploring here are huge.

 We ended the day with a sunset hike to Delicate Arch. This is the arch on the Utah license plate. It's a popular hike for good reason.

I love the trail over open rock! Delicate Arch is hugely popular with photographers. We waited for the throng to leave and and had a pleasant hike out in the fading twilight. More pictures and thought to come in future blogs!

Happy Trails,

Matt Zaffino