Arches National Park, Moab, Utah

When we are looking for a weekend trip to one of our favorite vacation spots, our first choice is always Moab, Utah.  The camping and rafting trips, surrounded by scenic red rock landscapes, are so peaceful and relaxing for this city livin’ grandmom.

The Arches National Park has the largest concentration of natural sandstone arches, fins and spires and are worth visiting often.

Three GossipsThe park’s eighteen mile drive takes you through amazing natural sites, such as the Three Graces.

These spires are also wrongly called The Three Gossips.   This conjures up an image of yakking women, which doesn’t reflect a very peaceful image of this view.

Balancing Rock 1The balancing rock is the size of three school busses.  The small pile of rocks to the right was named “the Chip off the Old Block, but fell during the winter of 1975/1976.

On the far right of Balanced Rock is an Entrada Sandstone fin.  It doesn’t resemble anything to get a special name other than it’s description, “fin.”

Windo Area double arch

The windows area of the Double Arch and Archaeologist Cave were used in the beginning of the film “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.”

The hike is a gentle, half mile climb from the Window’s parking area.  It’s massiveness really sinks in when you climb up right under the arches.

Delicate Arch_bThe Delicate arch is a symbol of the state of Utah.  It was originally known as the “Cowboy chaps,” which really does look like the leather leg covers used by ranchers.

This view of the Delicate Arch shows the La Sal Mountains in the background.   The 1.5 mile hike from the Wolfe Ranch parking area to the arch is marked with cairns (small stacked rocks)  to show the way.  The walk is without much shade, so be sure to bring plenty of water.

Taking this picture without tourists, means extraordinary patience is required.  A perfect “photo op” is well worth the wait, since this is a view that is unbelievably breathtaking.

If your knees don’t like long hikes anymore, an easier 10 to 15 minute walk from The Delicate Arch viewpoint parking area, gives a more distant but beautiful view of the arch.

The Moab area has so much to offer and is also a short distance from the Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park.  I would recommend viewing this website: www.discovermoab.com  for helpful information on hiking, camping, photographing, or just touring by car before you visit these natural treasures.

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One thought on “Arches National Park, Moab, Utah

  1. Karen Smet

    I’m going to try the jerky when we get home! Pics are beautiful! I get them on my IPad, but not on my computer, get only the words!

    Sent from my iPad

    Reply

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