By. Edward Mack
The day’s last sunshine lights upon the rocks soaring overhead, painting them crimson and amber. Overhead the stars begin to come out: a million pinpricks of light in an infinite sky. You lean over and give your partner a long, slow kiss; you could be the only people in the world.
Welcome to Arches National Park, just outside Moab, Utah. The park is home to over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, the highest density in the world, any one of which is a marvel to behold. That’s not to mention balancing rocks, fins, peaks, and pinnacles. Arches is a wonder to explore, and breath-takingly romantic.
Camping is permitted in the park, but it’s winter, so why not stay in town? Moab is filled with small-town charm, and it feels like days of the Wild West weren’t so long ago. Nestled in a valley amongst the red-rock mountains, downtown is lined with small, western storefronts. Stroll along the art galleries, restaurants, and shops, stopping for a romantic dinner or to pick out a southwestern necklace.
But don’t be idle. Let Valentine’s Day be your excuse to go four-wheeling or mountain-biking among the mountains, book a hot air balloon, or go for a horseback ride. If you’re feeling very adventurous, you can go skydiving or B.A.S.E. jumping. Or simply enjoy the spectacular views from one of the nearby scenic highways while going on a photo safari. From Moab (//www.discovermoab.com/) you can explore Arches, or check out the equally majestic Canyonlands National Park or Dead Horse State Park. It’s impossible to go wrong.
Moab is the perfect destination for the Valentine’s Day adventurers and outdoors people. And you’ll be skipping the crowds by visiting in the off-season. In Moab, you’ll find romance on every trail and you’ll make a Valentine’s Day that won’t be easy to forget.