In 2014 when we were in Arches national park we meet a couple who recommended us to do a guided hike with a ranger at the Fiery Furnace, an area where there are red rocks formation looking like burning flames.
Normally we don’t like guided hikes as we like to walk in our own pace but when we saw these rocks formation we were convinced and decided to reserve at the Arches visitor center two spot for the next morning. As we thought, the tour was fully booked but our names were put on the top of the waiting list if someone would cancel at the last-minute.
The next morning we drove to the visitor center and got the good news that two person have cancelled the morning tour! How lucky! Usually people need to book months in advance to get a spot on the tour.
At the meeting point we were around fifteen people plus the lady ranger. Some were looking fit and some didn’t. We had three kids in the group aswell. We introduce briefly to each other and the ranger explained to us the safety procedures. And then off we go.
Our ranger guided us through the flames made by rocks. Beautiful!
I liked our ranger instantly because she was so lovely. She was aswell very informative and explained things in a way that capture my attention. I could feel that she really loves her job. We learned a lot about the plants and the creatures in the park.
One of the interesting thing we learned was about these prehistoric brine shrimp living in the potholes. The eggs can survive under extreme heat or cold temperature condition. Now I make it sound so boring but our ranger was so passionate about it and made it so interesting!
The beauty of this place really took our breath away ! We have heard that this place is even more magical by the sunset as if the flames really would come into life. I can imagine !
We are experienced hikers so this three hours long hike was not difficult for us so we were just having fun and enjoying the surrounding. For some people this hike might be difficult as you have to climb and jump over boulders sometimes but we were helping each other and nobody was ever left behind. Even the kids managed fine with some help.