After a mostly driving tour of pet unfriendly Arches National Park, the dogs deserved some fun fit dog time. Just a few miles from the entrance to Arches National Park is a pet friendly trail to Bow Tie and Corona Arches. Since this hike is short (3 miles round trip,) I had planned to carry Leo on my hand but he opted for some alone time in his cage. It was late in the day and the already cool spring Moab sun wasn't going to pose a risk to Leo staying behind in the van. While Leo enjoyed his toys and a gorgeous view of the Colorado River, Wilhelm, Brychwyn, Huxley and I headed off into the desert in search of arches.
This was our first hike in the desert and I was nervous, to say the least. I had read everything I could about avoiding desert dangers and what to do should we encounter any. I carried what felt like gallons of water. Fortunately, there was nothing but sapphire blue sky, stunning red rocks, blossoming cacti and a rainbow of wildflowers. The Bow Tie and Corona Arch trail was just the fit dog time we needed. We hiked on gravel, sand and slabs of rock. There were rocks large enough to provide shade and there were places with natural stairs to climb. The dogs absolutely loved it!
Before we caught sight of the arches, we passed a group of fellow Cascadians. Their party stopped to fawn over the dogs and in the course of the conversation they told me that they were surprised I had read that the trail was pet friendly. They informed me that just around the corner I'd be able to see Bow Tie and Corona Arches but the dogs would not be able to get to the arches because of the ladder. I continued on but the other hikers were right. The dogs and I had the hike cut short by an almost vertical grade with chiseled human foot holes and a cable railing up the rock to the level of the arches. I was momentarily disappointed but only for a split second because the dogs didn't care. We were having a wonderful time and the view... ah, the view!
Such fabulous fit dog fun! Plus the very next day, we finally got up close and personal with a pet friendly arch (Leo too) making our time in Moab perfect in every way.
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Thank you SlimDoggy, Peggy's Pet Place and To Dog With Love for hosting Fit Dog Friday each and every week and thank you for hopping by! Sorry to post and run this week but we are off for a weekend of camping. We'll catch up with all of you when we return.