Sunday, January 8, 2012

Arches National Park

“There are several ways of looking at Delicate Arch. Depending on your preconceptions you may see the eroded remnant of a sandstone fin, a giant engagement ring cemented in rock, a bow-legged pair of petrified cowboy chaps, a triumphal arch for a procession of angels, an illogical geologic freak, a happening—a something that happened and will never happen quite that way again, a frame more significant than its picture, a simple monolith eaten away by weather and time and soon to disintegrate into a chaos of falling rock"
                                               Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

Delicate Arch: Arches National Park, Utah(BA-Utah Trip- Store negative scan - 243)
These two photos are only a small sample of the magnificent views that you can expect to see at "Arches National Park". The park is located in eastern Utah just outside the town of Moab, a Mecca for all kinds of outdoor activities, especially hiking and dirt bike riding. Climbing the arches within the park has long been banned by park regulations although the wording of the regulations was deemed unenforceable by the park attorney. Climbing some other features (other than named arches) is allowed but highly regulated.
Delicate Arch (The photo) has become an unofficial symbol for the state of Utah (it appears on car license plates) and is probably the most famous in the whole park. Some of the other interesting sites are Double Arch, Devil's Garden (with the amazing sandstone fins) and the longest, Landscape Arch (just to name a few of the many amazing sights in the park).

The park is open all year round, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Although it is crowded in the summer, the temperature can be extremely hot. In my opinion, the best time of the year to visit is Spring (April and May).

Vista at Delicate Arch: Arches National Park, Utah (BA-Utah Trip- Store negative scan - 240) 

You can read more about the park, and plan a visit, on the National Parks Service site and on Wikipedia.

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