Corona Arch and a Rattlesnake Encounter

Moab Utah has so many fun things to do that it is definitely one of those places we plan to return to one day.  Besides visiting Arches and Canyonlands, and river rafting on the Colorado River, we also heard about a really awesome hike to Corona Arch.  When I mentioned to Chris that I wanted to hike to this arch he said only if they would be serving Coronas once we got there. 😉 This hike is about 10 miles from Arches National Park.  We met up with another Fulltime Family that joined us on this hike which made it even more fun!

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Meet the Muller family.  4/5 of them anyway.  Fin must have been running off ahead with our boys at this time.  We loved hanging out with this family for the evening and hope to meet up with them again someday down the road.

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There’s Fin!

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What a beautiful arch!

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Beautiful views looking back from the arch!

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I thought this train track looked really cool coming through the rock.  I wish we would have seen a train come through while we were there.

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While we were in Moab we stayed at the OK RV Park.  The sites at our campground were so close together!  This is why we prefer to stay at state parks whenever possible.  But while visiting Moab the choices are pretty much limited to RV parks with really tight sites like these (or boondocking).

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The views were pretty though.

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Speaking of boondocking, after the hike to Corona Arch the Muller family invited us to their campsite for dinner.  They were boondocking at a really awesome spot.  Boondocking (also known as dry camping) means they were camping at a spot with no water or electric hookups.  We haven’t done that yet mainly because we don’t have a generator.  I’m hoping we can get a generator sometime soon because from what I’ve seen you can stay in some really out of the way spots with amazing views.  The picture below was taken from their campsite.

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Wide open spaces in the wilderness like this would be nice, but I should mention there is a much higher chance of encountering wildlife like the rattlesnake the boys came across that night.  The snake was right near Jake’s foot but thankfully only rattled to warn them to get away which they did.  They came running and screaming back to the campsite.  I thank God for watching over and protecting the boys that night!

I’m sorry I don’t have a picture of it.  Chris went to look at it and since it was getting dark he needed a flashlight to see it.  He called me over to check it out, which I did.  It blended in really well with the sand.  I’m surprised Jake didn’t step on it.  Again, I thank God for protecting them!

Anyway, that about wraps up my posts from Utah.  Two weeks, three national parks and lots of fun!  Now on to some more adventures in Colorado.  Cheers!

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9 thoughts on “Corona Arch and a Rattlesnake Encounter

  1. We had a great time hiking and hanging out afterward! We look forward to meeting up again soon.

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  2. Corona Arch looks like an incredible hike–your gorgeous photos have me itching to go! Definitely putting this one on the list for the next time we’re in Moab. So fun that you were able to do it with another family. I’m with your husband, though; I’m always looking for the frozen margarita bar at the end of every hike, lol. Boondocking sounds fun–sort of like tent camping in a way? So glad your boys stayed safe with that rattlesnake…what a scary encounter!

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    • Yes, frozen margaritas always sound great at the end of a hike! I think tent camping might be a lot like boondocking in that you have a lot more options for places to camp besides crowded RV parks. Camping right inside a national park would be really nice, but we don’t usually have that option due to our size and need for electric hookups.

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  3. I’ll definitely have to visit all the places in Moab Utah, Corona Arch looks like a beautiful place. We are going to try boondocking this summer in our campervan, but don’t like sound of rattlesnakes nearby (glad your boys stayed safe, yikes!). Thanks for sharing!

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    • I’ll look forward to reading your posts when you go to Moab. Hopefully you won’t have any rattlesnake encounters! In all our visits to nature centers we learned that they typically come out at dusk and into the night. During the day I think it’s too hot. The boys were climbing up and down rocky hills and then said they were going to climb up this other hill that was sandy with lots of little bushes. I had a feeling there would be snakes in there because it was that time of day and it looked like where they might be. I told them they might not want to climb that hill because it looks like a place they might see snakes. And sure enough, 5 minutes later they found the snake. Another thing we’ve learned at nature centers is that typically snakes don’t want to waste their venom on humans because they can’t eat us. They come out at night to hunt for food and that’s what their venom is for. So they will usually warn you to get away, and only bite if threatened. I’m glad to see that theory was proven true!

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  4. We just got back from the Moab area last week. We are already planning on going again next year. Great post. The scenery in the area is super.

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