Arches National Park

Image of Sand Dune Arch, Arches National Park, UT
Sand Dune Arch, Arches National Park, APR 2017

We took a day on our road trip and spent it at Arches National Park. During an evening and a morning, you can see many of the main attractions but there is a lot to see that require short to moderate hikes. I hope to go back and spend a few days hiking.
The park is located over a geologically unstable salt bed. The movement of the salt bed and the earth’s tectonic forces caused large blocks of sandstone to uplift. Over millions of years, the sandstone eroded forming the arches and rock monoliths we see today. The park service claims more than 2,000 arches; some just a 3 foot opening through a mountain to the largest: 306 feet base to base. There are massive stone walls whose size, shapes and eroded faces bring pagan temples to mind. There were lots of wildflowers and some wildlife.

I left thinking that I’d like to spend time watching the sun, moon and stars rise and set over these geologic wonders. To me, it is a spiritual place. Our mistake was not giving ourselves the time to take in the spirit.

Please click on caption to see image at a larger size.
Regards,

Larry

Image of Courthouse Towers Rock Feature, Arches National Park, UT, APR 2017
Courthouse Towers, Arches National Park, UT, APR 2017
Image of Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, UT, APR 2017
Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, UT, APR 2017
Image of an
An Unexpected Arch, Arches National Park, UT, APR 2017
Image of a rock wall near Sand Dune Arch, Arches National Park, APR 2017
Wall Near Sand Dune Arch, Arches National Park, UT APR 2017
Image of wildflower: Pale Evening Primrose, Arches National Park, UT, APR 2017
Pale Evening Primrose, Arches National Park, UT, APR 2017
Image of Double Arch, Arches National Park, UT, APR 2017
Double Arch, Arches National Park, UT, APR 2017
Image of rock feature: Three Gossips, Arches National Park, UT, APR 2017
Three Gossips, Arches National Park, UT, APR 2017
Image of wildflower: Hedgehog Cactus, Arches National Park, UT, APR 2017
Hedgehog Cactus, Arches National Park, APR 2017

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