I used to go down to Arches National Park all the time when I was in high school and in my 20’s. You could pull into their campground before noon and almost always find a spot. On the occasions the campground was full, there was the beautiful Potash Road, along the Colorado River just down the road, where you could always find a spot.
I don’t go as often anymore. Moab has become a huge tourist destination, and getting a spot in the Arches campground means booking it 6 months in advance. Exactly six months, because that’s when reservations open online and by 12:05 that morning at least half the spots are booked.
And the last time we camped down the Potash Road, we felt like we were in a bad horror movie when two groups of teenagers (one on each side of the river) were shooting rifles in the air well after dark set in.
So, I don’t go down there as often. Once or twice a year my brother and nephew-in-law will book 2 or 3 sites and portions of my extended family go. Last time I partook was the summer of 2010.
These pictures are from the year before, all in the same general area inside the Arches campground, all on the same evening. I took them with my Nikon D40x, on a tripod, in manual mode. The beauty of digital photography is that I could just take a bunch at different settings and sort out the good ones when I got home.