Travels with Tucker

Travels with Tucker

Monday, April 27, 2015

Arches National Park

Just an hour from Canyonlands, Arches National Park is very different in many respects.  It is comparatively tiny in size; where Canyonlands is all jagged canyons, cliffs and precipices, Arches is mostly rounded and weathered; in Canyonlands you look down on the views, in Arches you walk under and among the rock features.  Both beautiful in their own way.

We camped right in Arches and were able to hike around a lot, exploring many arches, fins and other interesting sandstone features.  Arches was also pretty crowded compared to Canyonlands and we had to get a little creative to avoid the buses full of Japanese tourists. But we found amazing things and did hikes where we saw fewer than five people in several hours.  You can see much of Arches in a day, since many of the most famous features are short hikes from the park road, but to really get into this place, we felt like a week wasn't enough, so we have already booked ourselves back there for a week in October!

The campground at Arches NP
Sandstone fins like this are the raw material from which arches are formed
The fin complex of Sand Dune Arch
Broken Arch
Broken Arch at sunrise
Corona Arch.  Can you find Lynnae?!
The Marching Men
Tower Arch
Delicate Arch, the iconic symbol of Utah

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