Arches National Park

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One of the places we visited on our trip west earlier this year was Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. It’s a very beautiful — and very popular.

On the day before we planned to visit Arches we passed the entrance and noticed that the park was closed from 7pm to 7am and that there was a huge line of cars waiting to get into the park.

We knew that we would have to get to Arches very early the next morning, which we managed to do. We then learned that the closures were a result of roadwork being done in the park, and that there was a delay in getting all the equipment off the roads this particular morning. So we sat in the parking lot of the Visitor Center for what seemed to be the longest time.

Finally we were able to get into the park. Our first stop was Double Arch, which we only saw at a distance when we were there several years ago. This time we were among the first to get to the arch so were were able to hike to it while the morning light was still good, as you can see in the picture above.

We then hiked in the Windows portion of the park. I got this picture of the North and South Windows from nearby Turret Arch.

We then drove to the Wolfe Ranch section of the park to visit Delicate Arch. There were such long lines waiting to hike to the arch that we chose to content ourselves with seeing it from the viewing area. We did hike to the upper viewing area, which got us closer to the arch itself, which is where I got this photo.

We saw many more things at Arches National Park, but they will have to wait for another post.

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12 Responses to “Arches National Park”

  1. kim blades, writer Says:

    Beautiful photos! I can certainly see where the park got it’s name from. It is a good job that you and your wife are fit and could hike closer to the Arches to get the best pictures.

  2. Betsy Adams Says:

    Great memories of the Arches… We certainly did it perfectly on this trip—getting there early before the huge crowds took over…. I loved it.. Thanks for the fabulous photos.


  3. Suz Says:

    It is truly one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to; great photos George.

  4. Jeevan Says:

    You got excellent shots on the Arches! Loved seeing these natural marvels and glad you got to hike around the arches

  5. dayphoto Says:

    It looks so warm and summery there…makes me miss the heat! Your photos are well done, George!

  6. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    Wow, George! These are unbelievable!!! What made them this way?

  7. Sue (Mac's Girl) Says:

    Beautiful pictures! We didn’t get there until early afternoon and were only able to do a whirlwind visit. I’d love to go back there for another look.

  8. rhiebert Says:

    Gorgeous shots.These formations are so unique and so colourful.

  9. small kucing Says:

    It’s so beautiful. Nature sure have a wonderful way in presenting itself

  10. Linda, Shenandoah Valley Says:

    Awesome. I’d like to see that.

  11. diane Says:

    They are absolutely gob smacking beautiful.

  12. Sartenada Says:

    Wow George. Your photos are interesting and stunning. I have heard about this Place, but never seen photos from it. Thank You.

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