"Finding the Angles at Arches" Top 5 Page for this destination Arches National Park by richiecdisc

Arches National Park Travel Guide: 649 reviews and 1,624 photos

Arches may not have the lineage of a Yosemite or Yellowstone, its National Park status dating back to only 1971, but its history as an evolving geologic wonder and attractor of mankind is considerably longer. Formed of ancient oceans depositing salt resulting in the area's trademark Entrada Sandstone, Arches is a textbook example of erosion with wind, sand, ice and gravity all playing important roles in the sculpting of the fins and arches that define the park.

an inhospitable land

Native Americans roamed areas that now comprise the park, leaving petroglyphs and other traces of their presence but none suggesting a true settlement. Aside from the remnants of one cattle rancher's twenty-year reign, there is little to proof that anyone called this land home for long. An inhospitable and remote place is the only explanation for surely any that came upon the scenic wonder of Arches would have felt the same awe and wonder we do today.

big sky country goes colorful

With over two thousand recorded arches and countless fins waiting to fill the void of those that crumble, we should feel lucky that not only a National Park was formed to protect them but one that makes many accessible and a joy to camp amongst them under an endless sky of stars.

  • Last visit to Arches National Park: May 2008
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • RockiesTraveler's Profile Photo
    Jun 7, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Loved this travelpage! Your photos are absolutely amazing...I am going to probably go crazy with the camera when I get there. I had no idea that Utah was so beautiful. So glad you shared your trip and pics.

  • toonsarah's Profile Photo
    Sep 7, 2009 at 6:59 AM

    More wonderful photography (love the monochrome as much as the rich reds) and more great memories of our visit here - possibly my favourite of the Utah parks. I enjoyed your tips immensely - great blend of atmosphere and practicalities :-))

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2009 at 2:52 AM

    Excellent information and pics as always Richie. I can see why Delicate Arch is the 'one' but the Fiery Furnace looks like fun too! Those scenes at Partition Arch are amazing! Western USA certainly is blessed with an amazing park system.

  • DoreenDe's Profile Photo
    Jul 17, 2009 at 4:31 PM

    "The guide to D's favorite park"...well, one of the many ...

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jul 13, 2009 at 3:03 PM

    Fabulous photographs and the rocks are so beautiful. Isn't amazing what mother nature has created?..those arches are wonderful! LOL..remind me not to be in anyones favorite camping spot:) Lovely page with great memories no less!

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jul 13, 2009 at 11:52 AM

    Boy, are you Ansel Adams reborn? Fantastic photos and oh my, it is much more crowded than ages before when I saw it. And hey, you better be happy to have your Lara Croft than one of those dumb dinner party babes :-)


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