I have a thing for sunrises. I’m up early every day anyway, so I see a lot of them. And there’s nothing better than the quiet solitude that comes from being out and about long before everyone else. There aren’t any noisy kids around, no one is getting in my shots, and I get crowded, popular landmarks all to myself.
Long before we visited Arches National Park, I knew I wanted three things: sunrise, sunset, and stars. We were going to be in Moab for about a week, so we had planned on Sunday in Canyonlands, Monday for Needles (which ended up being a day to patter around Moab), a casual Tuesday to see the sights in Arches and scout for sunrise spots, sunrise (and sunset/stars) in Arches on Wednesday, an open day on Thursday, then travel on Friday. We had lots of hot sun in Island in the Sky, so I had high expectations for Arches.