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Arches National Park – one of the most beautiful areas in Utah, modelled over the millions of years out of Grand Staircases’ Entrada sandstone.
The officials say that the park displays some 2000 different arches, among them Landscape Arch, the biggest one with a span of nearly 90 m, and Delicate Arch, the most photographed one.
But it’s much more to discover – the Fiery Furnace, Devil’s Garden, Windows Section, Courthouse – and last but not least the famous hike to the ultimate Delicate Arch.
It is easily possible to spend weeks in the park, without seeing all, as it is quite big with more than 76.000 acres (115 sqmi) in size. Arches NP Website has many suggestions depends on the time, one wants to spend.
However, I strongly recommend to spend minimum 1 full day, as you definitely will regret having spent less.Must see’s are easily reachable on the road which leads northward from Visitor Center, such as the Three Gosspis and Balanced Rock. The famous Landscape Arch is accessible through an easy hike, and the Windows Section displays a huge variety of all types of arches.
If you plan your visit, be aware that it can be extremely hot in summer, due to it’s high location at nearly 4000 ft and being an open bassin. Winters can be quite cold, however, it is less crowded. Spring must be the best season of all, as by then the desert plants will come to bloom, adding another mystic atmosphere to this beautiful spot.
Arches National Park is located just 5 miles north of Moab, a little town in the northeastern Utah, full of hotels, motels and campgrounds, completely dedicated to serve all needs for the traveller and lovers of Utah’s most fascinating geologic wonders.
The park was established as National Monument in 1929, and got National Park status in 1971. It’s open all year round, except Christmas Day (december 25), same is due for the Visitor Center.
Native tribes have lived in this region for thousands of years, hunting game and collecting plants as food and medical treatment. Some petroglyps and pictographs show of their living, the most famous being Newspaper Rock, on the way to Needles District of Canyonlands NP.
John Wesley Wolfe was among the first white settlers in Arches region, he built his log cabin and the corral in the late 1800-ies. The cabin still exisits, it is the starting point for Delicate Arch Trail.
If you like out of the ordinary reading prior to travel, I can highly recommend Edward Abbey’s “Desert Solitude”, a book written about his 2 years as seasonal park ranger in Arches, when still being a National Monument in the late 50-ies.
Different from Bryce Canyon and Monument Valley, the fascinating arches, pins and needles of Arches NP have mainly been formed due to a huge underground salt layer, which, unstable as it is, was plastically flowing and moving, thus pushing upward and starting the creations.
Weather – such as ice, water and extreme temperatures in this huge bassin – was doing it’s best in carving out the arch wonders, and is still doing so.
If you have visited some of my pages already, you will know that I have a deep passion for geology and thus know that I’m going to explain the geologic history in the General Tips a bit more in detail.
So if you like, please join me on my explorations of Arches NP, which have been put together from 2 trips – the first in october 1991 and the second – much more exciting one – in december 1993.
- Pros:colors - arches - geology - history - exciting landscape - exciting hikes - exciting views :-)
- Cons:it can be bloody hot in summer !
- In a nutshell:absolutely nothing - well, you might get addicted :-)
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