Arches National Park

To qualify as an official “arch”, a hole must have an opening at least one meter long in any one direction.  But, there’s no width requirement – many of the arches in Arches National Park are so skinny that you have to put your cheek up against the rock to see any light through them.  But, the big ones?   Unbelievably grand.  This is Skyline Arch.20140402_150028We camped for three nights at Devil’s Garden Campground in Arches NP.  If you plan a visit site 24 is fabulous! (notice that once again, we’ve lost our license plate!)photo-1Perfect hiking weather persuaded us to hike the entire length of the Devil’s Garden Trail, which detours to some of the largest arches in the Park.  Several steep drop-offs and exposed slickrock made portions of the hike pretty harrowing, especially on the return trip along a primitive trail.  But, the sights we saw…

Landscape  Arch – the longest in the Park at just over 100 yards.  A portion of the arch fell away in 1991, and it looks very fragile.  Hikers are no longer able to walk up underneath.20140403_104902Pine Tree Arch20140403_102353Tunnel Arch20140403_101858Navaho Arch20140403_112606Double O Archwpid-20140403_120102.jpgPrivate Arch20140403_122922At the very end of the trail is Dark Angel, a tall dark sandstone monolith.  It’s so stark and solitary that it has served as a navigation aid for years.20140403_122209On the way back, we were treated to wonderful views of the sandstone ‘fins’, slabs of sandstone set very close together.  In the right lighting, they are spectacular.20140403_132822We also took the “March to the Arch” the following day and viewed Delicate Arch, the most popular structure in the Park.  Although not the largest, it’s unique in that it sits totally by itself, without any supporting rock.20140404_110703What else is here?

Double Arch20140404_130727Turret Arch20140404_122808Thousands of others.  It’s one magical view after another.  Here are some others…

The view from Panorama Overlook20140403_170843The Three Gossips20140404_144253Slickrock passage along Devil’s Garden Trail20140403_114154Go there, and see for yourself.  This is Tapestry Arch (sleeting!)20140402_151242

13 thoughts on “Arches National Park

  1. John here…on losing license plates: I guess sometimes the Fireball T@da becomes the Fireball Express and in crosswinds the license plate bracket flaps until it fatigues and breaks off. I’ll Secure the third one like Ft Knox!

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  2. The three gossips arch made me smile. Great photos but you are making me want to quit my job and hit the road! All in good time, I suppose.

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  3. Mind blowing beauty! Thanks for sharing. How long were you in the sleet? Ouch! What’s happening to the license plates? You are having such wonderful adventures; will you ever want to come back?

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    • Sleet was just for out first hike at Arches. Not too bad. License plate is held by a cheesy plastic came that’s part of our taillight assembly. Snapped off, apparently. Happened last year in TX, too. We now are sporting a snazzy one that John made. Looks ‘real’ official. We’ll probably go to jail. Lost it between Goblin Valley and Dead Horse (we went back and looked at photos to figure that out)

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  4. Spectacular photographs Judy. Impossible to decide which park is my favorite based on your photos. Can’t wait to hear the tales of woe! Enjoy your remaining trip. Miss you!

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