Arches National Park, Moab
In few days we shall be downloading tons of photos and you will be amazed how well worth visiting the Arches and seeing the Canonlands at the National Parks.
This is the very first time we have visited Moab, Utah and we had no idea how most beautiful it can be, what wonders nature were created in years before Christ.
As you keep driving in the inner part of the Moab, you will then reach the Arches and the Canyonlands, then make amble of time to enter and enjoy the beauty of the National Parks in Moab. Normally the climate or the weather agress like a magnet for the outdoors on going for everyone to enjoy the beauty of the National Parks in Moab.
Lately there is something even better done in Moab. They now have the HOT AIR BALLOONING. Well aside from being coward getting up in the air we really did not enquire the costs but someone whom we meet at a diners said it’s the most exciting being up in the hot ballon, it was a one hour good experience.
As you enter the National Parks there are tour guides offering their service then too there are many pamphlets at the tourists office information. Here is a website for more information and also a telephone number you may enquire about their other offers of service.
www.moabmusicfest.org and the telephone number: (435) 259-7003.
This will be the only mention on Arches National Park on this page. It is located about 5 miles north of Moab off US Route 191. Please go to my Arches National Park page for more information Easty's Arches National Park Page
There are many ways to explore Arches National Park. The scenic drive, which takes a few hours to complete, passes within sight of many of the park's famous features. Hiking trails lead to hundreds of spectacular natural arches and other interesting formations.
Visit the Arches national park. That's maybe the reason why you are traveling to Moab.
The Arches national park offers many nice walks. Take some time to explore this park with some walks. I would recommend to spend at least 1 day in this park.
Edward Abbey tells you to stay away, but his descriptions of Arches and the surrounding area in the book Desert Solitaire are so compelling that it was impossible for us to comply. The landscapes at Arches are breathtaking, but it is a fairly popular park and some areas can get pretty crowded. The best time to enter the park for a day of hiking is before dawn.
Three miles round trip. A lot of people in July during 100 degree heat didn't make it to the arch for a lack of water and shade. You can view Delicate Arch from the lower parking lot or do the hike. 480 feet of elevation gain - seemed like a lot more.
You will need to go to the Wolfe Ranch parking lot to start your journey. Be careful because there are a few areas close to the arch that have drop offs.
The 52 foot arch has a great backdrop with the La Sal Mountains. I like the Utah license plates with the Delicate Arch displayed.
You can view the delicate Arch from the lower parking lot if you don't want to do the hike. The arch looks very small from that vantage point.
Make sure and ask the Rangers any questions you may have. Also, make sure and get a park guide so you know where you are going and what there is to see. I always tell people who visit our National Parks to start out at the Visitor's Center. You can find a lot about how the park was made and some history too.
Like humans see a mountain and want to climb it so people see arches and want to walk beneath them. Why? I know not, but I am numbered among them. The North Window was the first arch I ever walked under. It's not something that's all that common on Australia but at Arches National Park you get to choose from over 2,000.
When they say "arches", they mean "arches". Arches are an unusual formation in the world of geology but here they have a list of all the arches.
Now, an arch isn't called an arch unless it's over a metre round. Bearing that in mind there are over 2,000 in this park alone!
Naturally enough, they are spread over a large area and some are much more accessible than others. In fact, some require overnight treks to view.
However, some places have them in abundance and the place where you view the North and South Window has several within a kilometre radius with the Cove of Arches being the most prolific.
It's located at the end of a dead end road that is one of the most popular destinations in Arches National Park.
One should really take the time to go see Arches National Park. It's located just outside Moab and is easy to get to. It's car friendly and one can drive a good ways into it. There are also plenty of places to park and get out and hike to see some of the sights. Arches also has many campsites for those who wish to camp. Just an amazing array of rock formations you won't see anywhere else.
Natural stone arches and fantastic rock formations, sculpted as if by an artist's hand, are the defining features of this park, and they exist in remarkable numbers and variety. Just as soon as you've seen the most beautiful, most colorful, most gigantic stone arch you can imagine, walk around the next bend and there's another-bigger, better, and more brilliant than the last. It would take forever to see them all, with more than 1,700 officially listed and more being discovered or "born" every day.
Just down the road from Canyonlands National Park, Arches is much more visitor-friendly, with relatively short, well-maintained trails leading to most of the park's major attractions. It's also a place to let your imagination run wild.
Exploring the park is a great family adventure. The arches seem more accessible and less forbidding than the spires and pinnacles at Canyonlands and other southern Utah parks. Some think of arches as bridges, but to geologists there's a big difference. Bridges are formed when a river slowly bores through solid rock, while the often bizarre and beautiful contours of arches result from the erosive force of rain and snow, freezing and thawing, dissolving the "glue" that holds sand grains together and chips away at the stone, until gravity finally pulls a chunk off.
Spend a day or a week here, exploring the terrain, watching the rainbow of colors deepen and explode with the long rays of the setting sun, or the moonlight glistening on tall sandstone cliffs. Watch for mule deer, cottontail rabbits, and the bright green collared lizard as they go about the difficult task of desert living. And let your own imagination run wild among the Three Gossips, the Spectacles, the Eye of the Whale, the Penguins, the Tower of Babel, and the thousands of other statues, towers, arches, and bridges that await your discovery in this magical playground.
Visit/Hike Arches National Park
Probably one of the most incredible rock formations in the world. Many formations can be seen from your car, most require an easy short hike and a few require a longer more difficult hike. Great for people of all ages. Just make sure your car has air conditioning. Was the location of the young Indy scene at the beginning of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Start early in the morning to be back before noon as it gets really hot. Take enough water with you! The views from this arche into the mountains are just fantastic.
Hike to the windows section, it's only about 1 mile!
Enlarge the pic to see the proportion between people and this arch.
Stop at Balanced Rock and think about for how many years we still will be able to enjoy this upper rock balancing on it's base. Walk around this fantastic formation. The views are always different.
If only we had much more time to walk through this awesome National Park. Yes, next time we will stay there much longer ....