Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Arches National Park

Any long drive that takes place in the middle of the western region of America would not be complete without a stop at The Four Corners Monument where Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah meet. We made our stop there when we were heading from The Grand Canyon, AZ to Arches National Park, UT.  It was pretty neat to be in four states at once.
We arrived at Arches National Park on Sunday afternoon and due to our limited time there, we got to hiking and site seeing right away since there are over 2,000 natural stone arches within the park (not all accessible or visible). We started at the bottom of the park and worked our way to the top, where we would settle for the night at the only campsite within the parks walls.
Balanced Rock 
The Windows, North and South
Navajo Arch and the bottom of Double O Arch
 After our long drive Sunday night we still managed to go on a 3 mile hike/rock climb to see the most popular arch of all, Delicate Arch. This arch is used for many things in Utah including the background of their license plates.
Delicate Arch
The next morning we got up early yet again to go on Devils Garden Primitive 7 mile hike/rock climb to view over 15 different arches. We had a great time hiking through the red rocks and taking in the beautiful scenery that exists within Arches National Park. The natural formations are quite impressive and very neat to see up close.
Landscape Arch, the longest arch in the park and possibly in the world
Double O Arch
 Overlooking Devils Garden
Partition Arch
We had a great time visiting Arches National Park, I highly recommend others to go there, it was like a giant red play ground with an absolutely gorgeous scenery. 

1 comment:

  1. I want to go.
    How many of these scenes are accessible by disabled?