More than 2,300 arches are found throughout Arches National Park in the southeast part of Utah. Just 1.5 hours away from Grand Junction, the park is a great diversion from driving through the I-70 highway.
Amazing rock cliffs show its stupendous splendor with colorful hues of reds, oranges and deep sandstone browns. It’s the park of ooooohhhhs and ahhhhhsss as visitors walk or hike to capture the images of these beautiful rock stone formations.
Because the picturesque national park is seen on national travel publications and amazing art work from local artists, visitors swamp the hiking trails, especially the beginner trails. Beginning in late spring and moving into the summer months, it will be difficult to find parking at key places throughout Arches National Park.
The world famous arch called the Delicate Arch, displayed on one of Utah’s license plate, is for the intermediate hiker. It’s not an easy hike but the view makes the trek worth every moment of it.
The park is a combination of learning geology, land conservation, ecology, botany and everything in between from park etiquette and reverence for the great majesty these formidable rock cliffs.
It’s easy to drive through the park and view the steep rock cliffs without getting out the car.
But how could one resist an easy hike to these amazing natural arches.
Other easy hikes include:
- The Balanced Rock,
- Double Arch,
- The Windows,
- Delicate Arch viewpoint,
- Sand Dune Arch
- Broken Arch,
- Skyline Arch,
- Landscape Arch,
- Courthouse Wash Rock Art Panel
Tip 1: Bring plenty of water. It doesn’t matter if it’s winter, spring, summer or fall.
Tip 2: Check out the visitor’s center for tips on hiking through the hills. Other activites, such as ranger-guided hikes, are listed in daily and weekly schedules.
Tip 3: Save a whole day to explore parts of Arches National Park. It is an irrestible area filled with beautiful scenry and postcard images of this gorgeous park.
Arches National Park
N Highway 191
Moab UT 84532-0907
Fax (435) 719.2300
Moab Area Travel Council
84 North 100 East
Moab, UT 84532
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