Entry into Arches is now via a reservation system unless you are on a bike. there is a separate entrance and it is free...how bout that?
The first roughly 2 miles is via a quality climb on good pavement with a decent shoulder.
Followed by a long descent past a variety of well known monuments. Beautiful.
I pause to take a picture of my bike, proof that I actually rode through here. The bike, "BH" is a Spanish brand and I've always enjoyed riding on it especially with Di2 electric shifting.
Today was not about maintaining an average speed but about enjoying the scenery. Driving through here is one thing but extra special on a bike.
After the first descent, there are a series of long ramps, always going higher.
I paused to take some pics as two mountain bikers paused there too.
I eventually turned around and head back, reaching the final climb and enjoyed....
....a speedy descent.