It’s a Small World in Moab
For our second trip down to Moab within the same month we opted to head out for a hike that left our furry ones at home. We did the fiery furnace inside Arches National Park. The hike does require a permit which you can get up to 7 days in advanced but your whole group must be there. Since there is no trail, for your first time it is suggested to take a ranger guided tour. We had someone with us who previously had hiked through the fiery furnace so we went out on our own.
The reason for choosing this time of year to do this hike is because we were able to go first thing that morning and get a permit. Spring, Summer and early Fall are much more difficult times to obtain a permit. This permits can be purchased at the visitors center at the entrance to Arches National Park. There is no fiery furnace review this week since there is no actual trail, all you do is follow washes and rock and don't step on the cryptobiotic soil. Back in the day there used to be a trail that followed a loop. We opted to follow this old "no longer a trail" path.
The funny part of our trip was that we were hiking with Thomas's parents and I recognized a Jeep Liberty sitting in the parking lot of the visitors center. There was a sticker on the car that I had purchased as a gift and sure enough it was my friends Kaylee and Matt who spend winters working in Big Cottonwood Canyon and living in Salt Lake City, UT. Coincidentally they had gone to Arches to do the feiry furnace tour. We were instead able to have them just hike with us. Funny how things always work out when you have no plans. They were able to join us for adventures all around Moab for the midweek "weekend" we were having.
After our hike of fiery furnace we brought Kaylee and Matt back to the house to grabbed our dogs plus their best dog friend Zuni, Thomas's parents dog. We went to Ken's Lake to let the dogs swim and get some energy out. Ken's Lake is a great spot 3 miles South of the town of Moab and is an open lake area that dogs or people can swim at. Nearby is Ken's Lake Campground for those of you looking for suggestions on camping locations. It is in the sun though so not the best for your visits in the middle of summer.