ARCHES NATIONAL PARK (USA)

INTRODUCTION

The fanciful names at Arches National Park—Fiery Furnace, Three Gossips, Marching Men, Dark Angel—don’t do justice to the otherworldly rock formations they denote. Towers, domes, balanced rocks, and arches have been formed over millions of years of weathering and erosion, and the process continues, constantly reshaping this fantastical rock garden. This park contains more than 2,000 natural arches—the greatest concentration in the world. But numbers have no significance beside the grandeur of the landscape. Perched high above the Colorado River, the park is part of the southern Utah’s extended area of canyon lands, carved and shaped by eons of weathering and erosion.

KEY ATTRACTIONS

Park Avenue – A relatively easy one mile trail located near the park entrance, the trail leads through a steep walled sandstone canyon with a smooth bottom.

Double Arch- This is a massive joining of two arches that will be recognizable from the beginning of the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

Windows – The North & South Windows, as well as Turret Arch.

Wolfe Ranch – Located near the beginning of the Delicate Arch trail, this ranch is a restored homestead of John Wesley Wolfe, who settled in the area in the late 1800s.

Delicate Arch – It is the most famous arch in the park.

Petrified Dunes – These colorful formations are ancient sand dunes, hardened into stone as additional layers built up on top of them and were later eroded away.

Fiery Furnace – The tour leads through a maze of sandstone fins, showcasing one of the most interesting geologic areas in the park.

Devil’s Garden Trail – Devil’s Garden is a series of sandstone fissures that are home to Landscape Arch, Double O Arch, and numerous others.