Arches National Park

Delicate Arch, the most famous sight at Arches National Park. The La Sal Mountains are in the background. Also featured on the Utah license plate. The fishbowl in front of the arch.
52 ft tall, and made of sandstone. View from the other side. Tough to get a good view from this side due to the drop off. In the 50's, the National Park Service floated the idea of covering the arch with a coating of clear plastic to prevent erosion. Obviously, the idea was scrapped.
View from the Delicate Arch Viewpoint, with some people for a sense of scale. Another view from the viewpoint. Much better to take the time to hike up to it (hike does NOT start from the viewpoint, it starts from Wolfe Ranch). It's a 3 mile round-trip hike to get to the arch, and it's honestly not bad at all as long as you've got water.
Park Avenue. The Three Gossips (left)
and Sheep Rock (right).
Another view of the Three Gossips.
Balanced Rock, 128 ft tall. Same rock, different angle. Looking out towards the Windows.
Approaching Landscape Arch. It's a really easy 1.5 mile hike to get there. 290 ft long, making it the second longest natural arch in the world. That's a long tail.
If you want to see it in person, you better hurry up. Since 1991 there have been three instances of sandstone slabs breaking off from the thinnest piece of the arch, which is why you can no longer hike beneath it. Who knows how much longer it will remain standing. The rumor that the names for Landscape Arch and Delicate Arch were accidentally mixed-up is false (according to the absolutely never-wrong source of Wikipedia). But it definitely would make sense if it was true. Continuing to hike past Landscape Arch on the Devils Garden loop.
Pine Tree Arch. Double O Arch, at the end of the Devils Garden trail. Name should be obvious.
Yet another lizard. Dark Angel rock formation, which marks the farthest point from the Devils Garden loop trailhead. Leaving the actual trail to take the primitive loop back, defined only by rock cairns.
Sandstone fins. Hiking into the Fiery Furnace. It's mandatory to see the Fiery Furnace on a ranger-guided hike, because it'd be really easy to get lost in there.
Going into the Fiery Furnace. The ranger-guided hike is $10/person, and you can buy the tickets in advance on-line. It's worth doing, and you should reserve early on-line because they will fill up. I bought my ticket 6 weeks ahead of time, and didn't get my first choice time because it was already sold out. Navigating between sandstone fins.
Waiting for stragglers. Surprise Arch. Kissing Turtles Arch... maybe, if it qualifies as an arch. I forget.
Exiting the Fiery Furnace, after the 3.5 hour tour. Good view of the white stripes in the sandstone. Wheel Cactus flower.
The Three Gossips. Sheep Rock. View of Park Avenue from the end of the 1 mile trail (it also ends at a parking lot, so if you've got someone if your group who doesn't like to hike, you can just hike the 1 mile and get picked up instead of doing a 2 mile round-trip hike).
Hiking up to Double Arch. No barriers, so you can walk right underneath it and hang out. Double Arch makes an appearance at the beginning of Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade.
Turret Arch. The Windows, seen from the back side while hiking the primitive loop, instead of the normal trail which is packed with people. Tunnel Arch.
Bunny. Skyline Arch. Campsite. Looks pretty cool. I'm adding camping at Arches to the list when I go back.
Hiking to Broken Arch. More hiking. Tapestry Arch.
Broken Arch. The broken pieces are on the ground. Broken Arch from the other side. Last lizard picture. Promise.
Sand Dune Arch. Driving to the Fiery Furnace. Petroglyphs near Wolfe Rance at the Delicate Arch trailhead.

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