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Arches National Park Travel Blog

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The Organ...my favorite pic of my ENTIRE cross country trip!
We left Clifton, Colorado just before 8 AM in the morning.  We headed west on I-70 then south on US-191.  It took us about an hour and a half to get to the Arches National Park, Utah just ouside the town of Moab.  The terrain completely contrasted the lush and verdant mountainsides of Rocky Mountain National Park.  At Arches, the landscape was dry but the reddish sandstone formations were awesome in their own right. 

After the obligatory photo with the park entrance sign, we drove up Arches Entrance Road.  While driving, I attempted to take photos of the landscap...the photos were either hits or misses.  The first notable and distinguishable rock formations that we saw were the Three Gossips, Sheep Rock, and The Organ all near the Courthouse Towers area.
Views of Three Gossips and Sheep Rock in the Courthouse Towers area
  Further up the road, past Petrified Dunes, The Great Wall, and Rock Pinnacles, we jumped out of the car again to walk around Balanced Rock. 

Rather than turning off to drive through The Windows Section of the park, we stayed on Arches Entrance Road until it split off in the direction of Delicate Arch Viewpoint.  After parking at the viewpoint lot, we hiked less than a mile to get to the viewpoint.  My cousin and I scrambled  over rocks to get a closer view of Delicate Arch. 

From Delicate Arch we got back onto Arches Entrance Road and quickly stopped at Fiery Furnace Viewpoint.  Unfortunely we didn't have time to take the guided tour. 

Further up the road as Arches Entrance Road looped, I turned off the loop and drove down an unpaved road and stopped the car near Skyline Arch.
Delicate Arch in the distance
  I hiked in closer to the arch to get a better look while Mar rested in the car.  It is remarkable how water, ice, heat, and wind have eroded and sculpted the rocks into their current formations. 

A little ways down Arches Entrance Road, we stopped at Devils Garden Trailhead for one last hike before leaving the park.  A quarter mile hike led us to Tunnel Arch and Pine Tree Arch.  We actually hiked to the base of Pine Tree Arch and walked in the shade that it cast.  While hanging out at Pine Tree Arch, we encountered a French photographer cursing, obviously in French, because people kept getting into her shot.  Important tip...if you want to get good photgraphs, get to the locale really EARLY in the morning or really LATE near closing time, to avoid crowds!
jenn79 says:
BEAUTIFUL pics!!
Posted on: Jul 09, 2008
row-zzzzz says:
The colour of the rock in your photos reminds of Red Rock Canyon, you must agree ... so beautiful
Posted on: Jul 06, 2008
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The Organ...my favorite pic of my …
The Organ...my favorite pic of my…
Views of Three Gossips and Sheep R…
Views of Three Gossips and Sheep …
Delicate Arch in the distance
Delicate Arch in the distance
Outside the Visitor Center
Outside the Visitor Center
Pic I took while driving
Pic I took while driving
View of the Courthouse Wash area
View of the Courthouse Wash area
Balanced Rock
Balanced Rock
Balanced Rock
Balanced Rock
Balanced Rock up close
Balanced Rock up close
Mar with Three Gossips and Sheep R…
Mar with Three Gossips and Sheep …
Me and Balanced Rock
Me and Balanced Rock
View of rock forms near Delicate A…
View of rock forms near Delicate …
Mar and Balanced Rock
Mar and Balanced Rock
Balanced Rock
Balanced Rock
Delicate Arch from viewpoint
Delicate Arch from viewpoint
Landscape just outside Arches Nati…
Landscape just outside Arches Nat…
View of rock forms near Delicate A…
View of rock forms near Delicate …
Next time I want to hike to the ba…
Next time I want to hike to the b…
Mar taking in the view of Delicate…
Mar taking in the view of Delicat…
Mar at the Delicate Arch viewpoint
Mar at the Delicate Arch viewpoint
View of rock forms near Delicate A…
View of rock forms near Delicate …
Hiking back from Delicate Arch Vie…
Hiking back from Delicate Arch Vi…
Me and Delicate Arch
Me and Delicate Arch
View of rock forms near Delicate A…
View of rock forms near Delicate …
Hiking back from Delicate Arch Vie…
Hiking back from Delicate Arch Vi…
View of the Fiery Furnace area
View of the Fiery Furnace area
Me at Fiery Furnace
Me at Fiery Furnace
Skyline Arch
Skyline Arch
Me at Tunnel Arch
Me at Tunnel Arch
Skyline Arch in the distance
Skyline Arch in the distance
Cool rock faces driving up Arches …
Cool rock faces driving up Arches…
Mar under Pine Tree Arch
Mar under Pine Tree Arch
Me resting in the shade of Pine Tr…
Me resting in the shade of Pine T…
View of Rock Pinnacles
View of Rock Pinnacles
The Great Wall
The Great Wall
Pine Tree Arch
Pine Tree Arch
The backside of The Organ
The backside of The Organ
Vista view outside of Arches Natio…
Vista view outside of Arches Nati…
I think this is the backside of To…
I think this is the backside of T…
The Great Wall
The Great Wall
Vista view outside of Arches Natio…
Vista view outside of Arches Nati…
View of the Courthouse Wash area
View of the Courthouse Wash area
Vista view outside of Arches Natio…
Vista view outside of Arches Nati…
View near the Park Avenue area
View near the Park Avenue area
Skyline Arch
Skyline Arch
View near the Park Avenue area
View near the Park Avenue area
Pine Tree Arch
Pine Tree Arch
Arches National Park
photo by: WaltJake