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Arches National Park

Arches National Park

Arches National Park lies near Moab, Utah in United States. It covers an area of 76,679 acres (31,031 ha). The park is a monument to nature’s beauty.

 

 

Located: Moab, Utah    Map

Area: 76,679 acres (31,031 ha)

Info: (435) 259 8161

Area: 76,519 acres

Open: Apr- Oct 7:30am- 6:30pm

Nov- Mar 8am- 4:30pm

When to go: spring- fall

www.nps.gov/arch

What to see:

Delicate Arch at sunset

Hike Devil's Garden Trail to Landscape arch

 

 

 

Description of Arches National Park

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Arches National Park is famous for its amazing natural arches that were carved by centuries of erosion through action of water and wing. In total there are over 2000 different arches on its territory. The number is approximate because no one really knows for sure. Total area of Arches National Park is 309 square meters. The nature reserved is situated at an elevation of 1245- 1723 meters above sea level. During Mesozoic period (aka Age of Dinosaurs) these lands were covered by a sea. Sandstone that formed around that period (about 150 million years ago) was fairly soft. Upon exposure to air after the sea receded it began to waver away.

 

Few artifacts were found within boundaries of the Arches National Park. They yielded little information about first human settlements in this area, however you can still find Petroglyphs and carvings that indicate presence of native tribes. Most carvings that you can see here belong to a modern man and doesn't impress neither with conveyed information nor particular intelligence.

 

Most of arches and other famous formations in the Arches National Park are easily accessible by foot. Many of them are located next to parking spaces, so you don't need a long time to get to them. However climbing and free climbing on natural formations within Arches National Park is prohibited and punishable by law. That is something hikers have to take in consideration. Other features in the park are open for climbing, but you will need a permit for that. Take plenty of water and avoid stepping of the trails. Even seemingly empty spaces of sand are actually covered by thin layer of plants and microorganisms that form a kind of crust. It takes years to form and develop, but can take only few seconds destroy them.

 

Arches National Park

Delicate Arch

Arches National Park

Balanced Rock

Arches National Park

Wilson Arch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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