September 29, 2016

On The Road: Arches National Park

Arches National Park
The first stop on the Wild, Wild West Whirlwind Tour was Arches National Park in Moab, Utah. What a unique and beautiful area! Believe it or not, there are over 2,000 (yep, 2K) natural sandstone arches in the park. Some are big. Some are smaller (a park ranger said a span must measure at least 3 feet to be officially designated as an arch).  And, what's amazing...is that they all formed naturally, the result of millions of years of erosion.  

Arches National Park
This is a portion of Double arch -- one of my favorites of all the arches we visited.  (The first photo shows why it's called Double arch.)  I love that you can walk around, under, and in some cases, through the arches, if you're daring enough to try.  It was just a 5 minute walk to reach this one.  (Other hikes can take hours.)  And, even though other tourists were there, it's such a large space it felt like we had it to ourselves.

Arches National Park
Hiking along Devil's Garden trail, the landscape is filled with spires, towers and amazing sandstone formations.  (Nonstop photo opps!)  It gets extremely hot in Moab and we were fortunate it was only in the high 80s/low 90s (F) during our rigorous outings.  More later on the hiking at Arches!

5 comments:

Lowell said...

A gorgeous area and your photos are wonderful!

bill burke said...

Beautiful photos of a beautiful area.

Kay said...

We visited Arches some years ago on a road trip through the Southwest. It truly is beautiful. We didn't spend nearly enough time there.

Jack said...

More beauty!!!

William Kendall said...

Beautiful indeed. I'd love to visit that national park.