I shared earlier that this was a National Park we didn’t really expect much from but just the scenic drive itself was so impressive we know we will be back.
We had our base in Moab and then were able to explore Arches, Canyonlands, and Deadhorse Point State Park all from the same area. If you have a limited amount of time in the park, our best suggestions on how to spend your time and what we did while we were there are below.
Some people visiting spend 20 minutes viewing the canyon from an overlook and others can spend a week or more here taking various hikes around or down into the canyon. If you have only one day in the area like we did, below you’ll find some tips on how to make the most of your time.
So while this post is how to spend a day in the park, you could spend only a few hours here and still get to see most of it.
The first time I visited Saguaro was back in 2019, on a solo trip to Colorado and Arizona. I had visited the eastern side of the park on that trip, so this time around on Teddy and my 10 Day southwest road trip, we chose to do the western side of the park. If you only have a day in the park, our best suggestions are below.
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During the summer of 2021, Teddy and I spent a week traveling through New England. One of the top stops on our trip was to Acadia National Park. Neither of us had been here before, so this was a new National Park for both of us. It’s my 36th and Teddy’s 12th.
This year, Teddy and I explored 22 states together and then we each took a trip with friends; Teddy went to Kansas for a hunting trip and I went to the Texas panhandle. We took a week long road trip through New England, and then one to South Carolina for his mater’s degree graduation from Clemson. The rest of our travels were either over weekends or during holidays when we already had off.
The trail is 2.3 miles from point to point. It’s not a loop trail, so if you want to go back to the start, you can either go the way you came, or walk along the road back to the parking lot.
The Original Trail is the most popular trail to get to the Natural Bridge. It starts by the gift shop and then is uphill to the trailhead. From there, you climb 400 or so feet to end up under the Natural Bridge.