Sunday, 25 September 2011

Arches National Park

Arches National Park is beautiful and when we were there, very hot and very busy, although we were told if we thought it was busy then we should see it in the autumn when it’s peak season!

There are over 2,000 arches in the national park and we visited just a few.

A huge chunk fell from Landscape Arch a few years ago, it’s now very fragile and may collapse at any moment, so to avoid a chunk falling on an unwary visitor you’re no longer allowed to walk underneath it.

Tunnel Arch, it would be spectacular to watch the water pouring through after a storm.

Pine Tree Arch, is a very cute little arch and has a lovely sculpted sandstone bench underneath, just right for sitting and admiring the view.

 Skyline Arch.

DB declined walking to Sand Dune Arch because, as he put it, he was all ‘arched out’ so as it’s only a short walk I went on my own. 

To reach the arch you walk through the narrow sandstone fins where it’s cool, shady and ever so slightly spooky.  

After that you basically follow the footsteps in the soft sand to the arch.

We also looked at Fiery Furnace.   I say looked because it’s only accessible on a ranger guided tour or with a permit, after you’ve satisfied the park rangers that you’re capable of finding your way out!   This is because it’s so easy to get disorientated among the narrow sandstone fins.  I think it would be too enclosed for me so a hike through there isn’t on my bucket list.  

And last, but not least, the most famous arch, one that has been seen all over the world, Delicate Arch.

We never did get to hike to Delicate Arch as the parking area was always overflowing, maybe next time.

Have fun, we are!

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