Arches National Park, Moab

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N Highway 191 Moab, UT 84532

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    Arches National Park Photo:...

    by worldtrekker Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Arches National Park
    Photo: Landscape Arch
    You can easily spend an entire day here. It takes 45 minutes to an hour to drive from Moab to the very end of the park (Devils Garden) and that's if you're not making any stops. If its your first time in the park, you'll be making stops quite often. It's an amazing place.
    Don't miss Delicate Arch at sunset. The Devils Garden hike is well worth doing. The Windows section is also worthwhile and everywhere there are short walks to the arches. The Fiery Furnace is also something you should see if you have time. You need to go on a ranger led hike here though which needs to be booked at least the day before. There are limited spaces and it is popular.

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    Arches National Park

    by Roeffie Updated Sep 8, 2003

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    Arches National Park

    Arches National Park preserves over two thousand natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to a variety of unique geological resources and formations. In some areas, faulting has exposed millions of years of geologic history.The extraordinary features of the park, including balanced rocks, fins and pinnacles, are highlighted by a striking environment of contrasting colors, landforms and textures.

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    Arches National Park

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Sep 29, 2004

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    Arches National Park is only 5 miles northwest of Moab on US 191. This national park, which preserves over two thousand natural sandstone arches, contains the largest number of natural arches in the country. Some of the other wonderful features in the park include canyons, balanced rocks, fins, and pinnacles, all accented with beautiful colors. Besides these natural wonders you may wish to take a walk to the historic Wolf Ranch. Just beyond the old Wolf Ranch cabin are some excellent historic Ute rock art carvings in the side of a flat rock face. While visiting Arches National Park, you will be able to see many of the highlights from the road, or short foot trails. But if you love hiking, there are many opportunities for reaching formations farther into the park. For more detailed information on Arches visit my Arches National Park in Beautiful Utah pages.

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    Outrageous Hike #2: Corona Arch

    by goodfish Updated Nov 15, 2011

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    This is another hiker's gotta-do. Corona rivals - or even surpasses - most of those found at Arches National Park and is a free trek besides. The link I'm attaching has complete directions so I'll skip the details; the short version is that this 3-miler (RT) is not difficult but does involve a couple of short ascents/descents over some steep areas of slickrock with the aid of safety cables, Moki steps (toe-holds), and a ladder. Sturdy shoes with a good tread are a MUST. Folks allergic to long drop-offs may have a tense moment or two, and it's completely exposed/very hot in summer so the usual precautions (water/hat/sunscreen) apply.

    But it's a peach. Corona's graceful rise and reach measure 105 and 140 feet respectively: it's huge. And just to make things more interesting, you get a bonus arch besides: Bowtie is a 30' pothole arch just a couple hundred yards away. This is one of the more popular hikes in the Moab area so if you're looking for solitude, you're SOL - you'll have lots of company and may have to do some waiting about to get that shot with no humans cluttering up the scenery.

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    Arches National Park

    by goodfish Updated Feb 18, 2013

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    Delicate Arch, Arches N.P.

    This park is the #1 reason tourists flock to Moab. Please see my Arches travel pages for lots of cool stuff to see and do.

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    See the pretty rocks in an inferno!

    by kimod74 Written Jun 23, 2006

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    Arches National Park of course has beautiful rocks in a dry desert setting. Of course the famous "arches" are here. It is very hard to take pictures of the various arches because the tourists (including myself) gaulk around and stand in the way so it's hard to take a photo of rocks without people in the way. I did get a couple of shots off without any interference. It was so hot when we went here, and mind you we were on a motorcycle so we were exposed to the elements, we didn't get to sit in a car with air conditioning like everyone else! I hate hiking in the heat and the walk up to the arches was total torture for me! Bring lots of water and sunblock, and make sure you have a car with air conditioning if you are going to this part of the country in the summer!
    The website has lots of information including rules on bringing pets, more photo's and descriptions of the plant life and animal life in this area.
    Don't think that going in the evening (like we did) was going to do us any good by being "cooler". The rocks hold their heat in and expunge the heat all evening long, so it's always hot!

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    The Free Arch

    by Easty Written Jun 13, 2004

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    Wilson Arch

    Wilson Arch is not actually part of the Arches National Park. This arch is approximately 15 miles to the south of Moab on US Highway 191 going towards Monticello or Monument Valley. Just as spectacular as some of the Arches in the National Park.

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    Arches of rock

    by Segolily Written Mar 3, 2008

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    Do you want to see rock arches? Then this is the place to come. Within the National park there are 2000 documented arches. That doesn't include many others in the surrounding area. My favorite is Delicate arch, but I have also enjoyed among others Corona and Bowtie arches, Tower arch, Double arch, Wilson arch.

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    Canyonlands

    by mikehanneman Written Feb 11, 2012

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    Arches and Canyonlands are the two biggest destinations.

    Island In The Sky offers some great views. Grand View Point Overlook is great to see a lot of the park from an elevated distance. Needles and The Maze are on the horizon.

    Make sure you make the short trip over to the Green River Overlook. As a result you will be able to check out both the Colorado and Green Rivers. This park reminds me of a combination of Monument Valley and The Grand Canyon. There are hiking opportunities along with some rafting too. This is a rugged area and I would advise seeking out an outfitter company that does rafting or hiking trips.

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    The Amazing The National Parks -Arches-In MOAB

    by listenandlearn Written Jul 15, 2009

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    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.

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    Canyonlands National Park

    by steph4867 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Utah's largest national park is not for the sightseer out for a Sunday afternoon drive. It rewards those willing to spend time and energy-lots of energy-exploring the rugged backcountry. Sliced into districts by the Colorado and Green rivers, the park's primary architects, this is a land of extremes: vast panoramas, dizzyingly deep canyons, dramatically steep cliffs, broad mesas, and towering red spires.

    The most accessible part of Canyonlands is the Island in the Sky District, in the northern section of the park, where a paved road leads to sites such as Grand View Point, overlooking some 10,000 square miles of rugged wilderness. Island in the Sky also has several easy-to-moderate trails offering sweeping vistas. A short walk provides views of Upheaval Dome, which resembles a large volcanic crater but may actually have been created by the crash of a meteorite. For the more adventurous, the 100-mile White Rim Road takes experienced mountain bikers and those with high-clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles on a winding loop tour through a vast array of scenery.

    The Needles District, in the southeast corner, offers only a few viewpoints along the paved road, but numerous possibilities for hikers, backpackers, and those with high-clearance 4x4s. Named for its tall, red-and-white-striped rock pinnacles, this diverse district is home to impressive arches, including the 150-foot-tall Angel Arch, as well as grassy meadows and the confluence of the Green and Colorado rivers. Backcountry visitors will also find ruins and rock art left by the ancestral Puebloans (also known as Anasazi) some 800 years ago.

    Most park visitors don't get a close-up view of the Maze District, but instead see it off in the distance from Grand View Point at Island in the Sky or Confluence Overlook in the Needles District. That's because it's inhospitable and practically inaccessible.

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    Utah Route 128

    by Easty Written Jun 13, 2004

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    Colorado River near Moab, UT

    Utah Route 128 is a very scenic road that goes from Moab to I-70 near the Colorado line. Route 128 follows the Colorado River for the most part. With an abundance of mesas and monoliths along the river, there is no bad view here. There are many places to camp along this road as well, which is also convient to the Arches NP. Pictured here is the Colorado River with a relection of a monolith. The scenery here is just so unique.

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    Arches National Park

    by Easty Updated Jun 15, 2004

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    Arches National Park

    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

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    Arches National Park.

    by 10eke Written Aug 25, 2002

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    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.

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    Visit the Arches national...

    by crothen Written Feb 25, 2003

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    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.

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