|Life is always better with monkeys!|
There are 31 sites and at least two group sites. As we drove up, the camp host was collecting the money out of the entrance box. He told us that there were four spots left. Wow! Popular place. It filled up completely a couple hours after we arrived. I guess this is prime time for Moab.
|Ken's Lake Campground Entry Board|
|Ken's Lake Campground Trail Map|
We had a nice campfire and then went to bed.
After breakfast at our campsite, we headed out for the nearby hike to Faux Falls. Faux Falls was created where there was no falls before 1981. A tunnel was drilled from Mill Creek over nearby Brimley Ridge. A pipe delivers water where if flows out of the ground and then flows down a red rock area to Ken's Lake for storage. It is a pretty amazing sight to see this beautiful falls and creek out in the middle of these red rock area. It's impressive.
|The source pipes of Faux Falls|
|Faux Falls with Ken's Lake Campground in the background|
Video of Faux Falls
We continued hiking over Brimley Ridge and the short drop to see Mill Creek. Some folks on ATVs told us about a cave if we followed Mill Creek a short way north to where the creek crosses the dirt road. The cave was not deep but it was fun to walk inside. The walls of the canyon were very impressive.
|Jen near the top of the ridge|
|Checking out the cave|
|You get to cross a small creek/river to get to and from the cave|
|Jen at the top of the hill|
Video at the top of nearby boulders
A 360 degree photosphere view from a nearby boulder hill
Back at our campsite, Karen and Merrily had created a great veggie delight dish and we cooked it on our portable propane fire pit. Delish!!!!
|Enjoying our campsite|
We had another nice wood fire and went to bed a bit late watching the stars.
The hike to Delicate Arch is beautiful. You cross a lot of slick rock on the way up. It's pretty much all uphill. It was hot and was a tiring hike. It's about a mile and a half to the Arch but it felt a lot longer. Along the way, Merrily unknowingly dropped her phone. When she discovered it was not in her pocket she decided to head back down and look for it. Karen and I went down a ways to help search and then realized that someone must have picked it up, so we continue on to the Arch while Merrily headed back to look for it.
The Arch was pretty amazing. None of us had seen it before except on Utah license plates. It's definitely worth a trip to Arches.
|Funny sign in the bathroom at Arches National Park|
|Hiking along the slick rock|
|Greg, Merrily and Karen taking a short break on the trail up to the Delicate Arch|
|We made it!|
|Joe, Jen, Karen and Greg. People stood in a long line for a picture under the arch.|
This was a much better vantage point.
Leaving delicate Arch Video
360 Photosphere of Delicate Arch
On the trail back down, we found Merrily. She was asking folks if they had seen her phone. When we got back to the trail head, someone had put up a note about the phone I found. I called them and left a message that their phone would be at the Arches Visitors Center in about an hour.
Headed back from Delicate Arch
Slick Rock on the Delicate Arch Trail
As we drove to the visitors center, Karen called Merrily's phone to see if maybe someone had found it too. The ranger at the Visitors Center answered. What a relief! Some very nice person turned in her phone with the rangers.
|Merrily's phone and her only view of Delicate Arch this trip.|
Karen and Merrily went to Arches when they were kiddos.
We stopped in Moab at El Charro Loco Mexican Restaurant. It's a small hole-in-the-wall type restaurant with amazing food. We all loved our meals and highly recommend it if you're in the area.
|Fantastic Mexican food at El Charro Loco in Moab, Utah|
This is Karen's veggie taco salad.
That afternoon, Karen, Merrily and I took a walk around the lake. It's a fishing lake and very pleasant.
|Walking around Ken's Lake|
Walking the plank on the way back
That night we didn't make a wood fire as Karen was showing asthma symptoms from the previous two nights of wood fires. We lit up the propane fire pit and enjoyed smores.
|Walking around Pagosa Springs, Colorado|
This was a great spring season trip. We will be back!!!!
|Sign we saw in Pagosa Springs|