Arches National Park Off The Beaten Path

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    Colorado National Monument

    by Shihar Written Jan 1, 2006

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    Located in Fruita, CO. There is a 23 mile long Rim Rock Drive and many well-maintained trails. The trails provide access to the small sheer-walled canyons and monoliths.

    Open- year round. Located on Colo. 340 about 100 miles from Arches NP.

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    Manti-LaSal National Forest

    by Shihar Updated Jan 1, 2006

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    Located in Moab, UT this National Forest has mountains aspen, pine, firs, spruce and rugged plateaus with great scenery of red rocks.Part of the Forest is located in Colorado.

    Open Year round- and camping is permitted May through October. Located approximately 5 miles southeast of Arches NP.

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    Double O Arch

    by mht_in_la Updated Jun 11, 2005
    Double O Arch

    I put Double O Arch in "Off The Beaten Path" because it's in the end of Devil's Garden trail and most tourists hardly come this far. As seen in photo, it's 2 small arches with one on top of the other. It's not as grand as Double Arch so you didn't miss much if you couldn't make it.

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    Wolfe Ranch

    by mht_in_la Written Jun 11, 2005

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    Wolfe Ranch

    In search of dry climate for his poor health, John Wesley Wolfe settled here in the Arches with his family after the Civil War in the late 1800's. The cabin and corral he built are well preserved today. The Wolfes resided here for more than a decade; possibly the longest residents in the Arches.

    The ranch is only a couple hundred yards from the Ute petroglyphs mentioned earlier, and only a few decades apart in terms of timeline. Not sure if the Wolfes had a chance to meet the artists.

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    Ute Rock Art

    by mht_in_la Written Jun 11, 2005
    Ute Rock Art

    Carved between AD 1650 and 1850 by the local Ute Indians, these petroglyphs are really not that old. In the photo you can see Ute hunters on horses and their maybe dogs chasing bighorn sheep. Very vivid. The rock art can be found near the Delicate Arch trailhead. Don't miss it.

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    Fiery Furnace

    by mht_in_la Updated Jun 10, 2005
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    I put Fiery Furnace in "Off The Beaten Path" because the only way to visit is to join the ranger program. The ranger program only accepts about 10 visitors in the morning and 10 in the afternoon, and it's often booked many days earlier. The reason the park is so strict about Fiery Furnace is because there's no marked trail here, and the maze of rock canyons can be dangerous to those who are not familiar with it. I didn't reserve a spot ahead of time so I didn't get to hike it. Seems like you can get similar hiking experience in Devil's Garden in Arches or Maze section in Canyonlands National Park.

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    Hiking through the Fin Canyon

    by windsorgirl Written Dec 16, 2004

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    in the fin canyon

    This photo shows the view as we have just hiked past the tall rock spire pictured in the previous tip along the hike to Broken Arch. I found it fascinating to be hiking amongst these interesting rock formations. For those of you interested in geology, I have found an explanation for these natural wonders...

    "The park floats on a salt bed, which once liquefied under the pressure exerted by the rock above it. About 300 million years ago, this salt layer bulged upward, cracking the sandstone above. Over time the cracks eroded, leaving long fins of rock." It is these "fins" that have since eroded further to form all of the arches for which the park is famous.

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    Hike to Broken Arch

    by windsorgirl Written Dec 16, 2004

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    utah juniper under broken arch

    Not many tourists take this hike out to Broken Arch. In fact, we hadn't considered it until it was recommended at the Moab Information Center. It turned out to be an excellent recommendation!

    This hike is 2 miles return trip and should only take an hour. The trailhead is located in the Devil's Garden campground, across from campsite #40.

    The arch is not actually broken but has what appears to be a crack in the center of it, you can see the crack in my photo. We are assured that there is no imminent danger of the arch falling and the path will take you right through the arch to the other side. There are great views up here as well.

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  • Rent a Jeep

    by CoAir13 Written Feb 26, 2004

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    If you have extra money, I highly recommend renting a jeep for a day. This will enable you to go on roads that people aren't even allowed to hike on! It can be pricey, so you may consider a guided jeep adventure. A little cheaper....and you still get to see the "backcountry". There are many places in Moab that offer rentals and tours. Prices are all about the same. It just depends on what you want to do. Moab visitor center has brochures!!

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    Highway 128 into Arches Nat'l Park

    by eric_ives Written Dec 30, 2003
    Utah Hwy 128 from Arches Nat'l Park

    We left Arches National Park heading east toward Colorado. Instead of going straight north to I-70 we took the scenic byroad Highway 128. This was a spectacular scenic road, and I strongly recommend you drive this way if you the time.

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    Eagle Park

    by Ischyros Written Dec 15, 2003

    Even more remote than Klondike Bluffs is Eagle Park. The trailhead is located at the very end of the unpaved Salt Valley Road just shy of the northwest park boundary. The trail crosses slickrock and open grassland and provides ample oppritunity to explore off trail (but stay on slickrock to avoid damaging the cryptogamic crust) and find unnamed arches. The trail can be easily lost but leads to the park boundary where you will have to retrace your steps. Eagle Park can also be accessed from Dark Angel at the end of the Devil's Garden trail. Eagle Park is about 4 miles northwest of Dark Angel spire but there are no trails. You'll have to create your own!

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    Klondike Bluffs

    by Ischyros Written Feb 25, 2003

    Check with the vistior's center for road conditions before making this trek! Off the main park road is a 7 mile graded dirt road leading to Klondike Bluffs. From the parking lot at the end of this road, hike the moderate trail by the Marching Men, a large group of rock spires, to Tower Arch. Very few people make the trip out here and it is very worth it! Look for an inscription at the base of the arch of the main who claimed to "discover" the arch!

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    Take a ranger led tour

    by Ervee Written Feb 25, 2003
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    The Fiery Furnace Walk is a ranger led hike. They go every day an dit last about 3 hours. You have to reserve in advance because they only take small groups in an area of the park that you cannot visit on your own because there is no trail and there would be too much impact on the delicate ecosystem.

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    Arches National Park is by far...

    by Pavlik_NL Written Oct 15, 2002

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    Arches National Park is by far the number one place where visitors go in this region, but there is an even bigger National Park in the Moab vicinity. Canyonlands is an territory that is of outstanding beauty, but is very isolated. Here the Green and Colorado river have created deep canyons in the land and it is paradise for people that want to hike for days without finding anything that shows even the slightest traces of civilisation. Natural wonders are numerous here and the views from several points are of unknown beauty. More about the Canyonlands you can find at my Green River-page. Wildwaterrafting, mountainbiking and off-the-road-driving are other activities here and have unlimited possibilities in the Canyonlands.

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    along the Broken Arch Hike

    by windsorgirl Written Dec 16, 2004

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    under stormy skies

    This hike passed through a very narrow fin canyon pictured here, with interesting rock formations. We actually walked alongside this large rock pinnacle, on a bed of slickrock.

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