Arches National Park Journals

Arches National Park - Red Rock Fantasy

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An October 2000 trip to Arches National Park by jan&ray

The Park Road Photo, Arches National Park, Utah More Photos
Quote: Arches National Park is a dream come true for hikers, photographers and geologists. The action of wind and water on the red rocks has created one of America’s most famous landscapes. While recognizable from movies, commercials and “Road Runner” cartoons, you cannot know Arches without experiencing it first hand.

Arches National Park - Red Rock Fantasy

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Arches National Park Photo, Arches National Park, Utah
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Even the shortest of walks in this park is spectacular, so the highlights for us were not along any one trail. Instead, they were the rarer experiences for park visitors. We had the good fortune to experience a day of rain. The landscape became moody as the blue gray sky met the red rocks. These vistas were more memorable than those with postcard blue skies. Puddles in the red rocks are home to fairy shrimp, which we found after a diligent search along Park Avenue in fading daylight. Ranger led hikes are always special. For a small fee, we were led into the Fiery Furnace, an area that can only be visited with a ranger. This maze of red rock and sand provided the background for one of th...Read More

Balanced Rock

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Balanced Rock Photo, Arches National Park, Utah
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Balanced Rock can easily be seen from the Park Road. A short trail encircles it and this is one of the easiest hikes in the Park. In fact, it is so short that it can barely be called a hike. This formation is so close to the road that it is tempting to simply roll down the car window, snap a picture and drive on to the next stop for a bigger adventure. We stopped here and strolled around this impressive formation. The late-day sun made for great pictures. As its name implies, Balanced Rock consists of a large boulder perched atop a relatively slender pillar of rock. The boulder and pillar are made of two different type of stone, so they are wearing away at different rates. As we circled t...Read More

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Balanced Rock
Arches National Park
Arches National Park, Utah

Delicate Arch

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Delicate Arch Photo, Moab, Utah
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Delicate Arch is the probably the best known of all the arches found in Arches National Park. It has become a symbol for both Arches and the state of Utah. Its image can even be found on the Utah’s car license plates. Ironically, while pictures of Delicate Arch can be found everywhere, the real thing is not that easy to see. The trail to Delicate Arch begins at the Delicate Arch Trailhead. Before starting our hike, we took a little time to browse around the remains of the Wolfe Ranch. John W. Wolfe first settled here in 1898. This cabin was built in 1906, but was abandoned around 1910. Even today, this is an isolated area of the Park. It is hard to imagine what it would have been like to ha...Read More

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Delicate Arch
Arches National Park
Moab, Utah

Devil's Garden - Beyond Landscape Arch

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Attraction | "Devil's Garden - Landscape Arch"

Devil's Garden - Beyond Landscape Arch Photo, Arches National Park, Utah
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The hike through Devil’s Garden took us through some of the most scenic areas of Arches. We found it very easy to spend the better part of a day exploring this area. The rewards along this trail were many and included the world’s longest arch, Landscape Arch. The first mile of this trail is quite civilized. The path is wide, well defined and undulates gently through the desert landscape. This being one of the easiest trails in the entire Park, we walked in the company of several hikers. En route to Landscape Arch, we came to a short spur trail. This little side trip took us to views of Pine Tree and Tunnel Arches. These are both termed "young" arches, consisting of relatively small openi...Read More

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Devil's Garden - Beyond Landscape Arch
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Arches National Park, Utah

Devil's Garden - Beyond Landscape Arch

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Devil's Garden - Beyond Landscape Arch Photo, Arches National Park, Utah
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For many, the view of Landscape Arch is the end of the trail. However, the trail extends beyond this point for nearly two more miles. We pushed on, wanting to get in a good hike and see the other sights. Immediately after passing Landscape Arch, the trail became narrower and more rugged. Although this was not classified as a "primitive" trail, it was definitely adventuresome. After taking in Wall Arch and following another spur trail to Navajo and Partition Arches, we found ourselves walking across a rock fin that offered a spectacular panoramic view of the area. (Those who are not fond of heights may find this 50-yard section of trail a little daunting!) Double O Arch was the last...Read More

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Devil's Garden - Beyond Landscape Arch
Arches National Park
Arches National Park, Utah

The Park Avenue Trail

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Attraction | "Park Avenue"

The Park Avenue Trail Photo, Moab, Utah
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The Park Avenue Trail connects the Park Avenue and Courthouse Towers Viewpoints. From the Park Avenue Trail Viewpoint, we could see how this section of the Park got its name – twin walls of red rock form a broad canyon through which the trail descends. To many, this "avenue" resembles those lined by big city skyscrapers, and it was named for the most famous of New York’s city streets. By taking a few minutes at this Overlook, we could see many of this area’s well-known rock formations, including a profile of Queen Nefertiti, Sausage Rock, Courthouse Towers and the Three Gossips. Like us, other observant moviegoers will recognize this as a background from Hollywood’s "Thelma and Louise". It ...Read More

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The Park Avenue Trail
Arches National Park
Moab, Utah 84532
(435) 719-2100

Delicate Arch

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Attraction | "Sand Dune and Broken Arches"

Delicate Arch Photo, Moab, Utah
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Those who wish to view Broken and Sand Dune Arches have several options open to them. It is possible to visit each arch individually, or, by making a loop, see both on the same hike. We chose to take the loop because it gave us the longest hiking option. The Devils Garden campground is the jumping off point for any hike to Broken Arch. We walked across sand dunes and slickrock on our way to this formation. We encountered only one other couple along the trail, and, for the only time in Arches, we saw deer droppings. It looked to us as though we had just missed a wildlife encounter. The trail passed directly under Broken Arch and soon crossed a broad, flat open area. We wended ou...Read More

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Delicate Arch
Arches National Park
Moab, Utah

The Fiery Furnace

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The Fiery Furnace Photo, Arches National Park, Utah
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A trip into the Fiery Furnace requires both a guide and a fee. We purchased tickets at the Visitor Center immediately upon entering Arches. Although it was Monday in a "slow" week, the first openings were Wednesday afternoon. Before we could purchase our tickets, we were shown a series of photographs of hikers taking the Fiery Furnace trip. We were told that we would have to scramble, jump and climb while on the hike and we had to agree that we could do these things before we could purchase our tickets. We said no problem and paid the $12.00 for two tickets. The Fiery Furnace is a maze of red and white sandstone fins. The name comes from its appearance in the late afternoon sun – the red...Read More

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The Fiery Furnace
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Arches National Park, Utah

The Park Road

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The Park Road Photo, Arches National Park, Utah
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While Arches is a great hiking park, many sights can be seen without ever leaving the car. The 28 miles of paved road make it possible for a tourists to "do the park" in a day. In fact, the Park Service suggests that you can drive all the paved roads, spend 10 minutes at each viewpoint and make brief visits to the Windows Section, Wolfe Ranch and the Delicate Arch Viewpoint in 4 ½ hours! We found it hard to imagine spending so little time here. After all, one of the world’s most remarkable landscapes beckons you to leave the pavement. We purchased the inexpensive "Road Guide to Arches National Park" and referred to it as we drove along. It deepened our appreciation of the scenery immensely. ...Read More

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The Park Road
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Arches National Park, Utah

The Windows Area

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The Windows Area Photo, Arches National Park, Utah
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The hikes in the Windows Area were easy and full of highlights. In about an hour and a half we were able to take in all the sights - the North and South Windows, Turret Arch and Double Arch. While these arches were not as famous as others in the Park, they were quite distinctive and very photogenic. We started with a walk up a gravel path to the North Window. This massive arch was impressive all by itself, but when coupled with the view of its partner, the South Window, it took on a unique formation. When viewed from the "primitive" portion of the trail, it appeared as though a pair of eyes was looking at us! One of our guidebooks referred to these as "spectacles of sandstone". The term ...Read More

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The Windows Area
Arches National Park
Arches National Park, Utah

Tower Arch and the Marching Men

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Tower Arch and the Marching Men Photo, Arches National Park, Utah
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The Tower Arch and the Marching Men are located in the Klondike Bluffs section of Arches. Alex Ringhoffer, the Father of Arches National Park, was the first to explore this area. This was the only part of the Park we visited which was not directly accessible from the Main Park Road. To get there, we turned left onto a dirt road just south of Devil’s Garden (16 miles from the Park Entrance). We drove approximately 7 miles through Salt Valley before turning left again. This road ended a mile and a half later at the Tower Arch Trailhead. We parked our car at the base of the bluff and began our hike by ascending it. After we reached the top, the trail became easier and we followed the cairns ac...Read More

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Tower Arch and the Marching Men
Arches National Park
Arches National Park, Utah