Saturday, June 29, 2013

Arches National Park - Landscape Arch

On to Moab and Arches National Park, featuring lots of natural sandstone arches. Delicate Arch is the most famous (and the state emblem of Utah or something like that). There are lots of rocky, archy things to see...

The morning was frosty cold and my car roof can attest

 The frost stayed on north facing slopes all day

On advice of the rangers, we drove to the end of the park and worked out way back to the entrance during the day. First up, Devil's Garden Trail leads you through some of the sandstone fins that later form arches (ie later as in geological time) .

Ice clinging on in the shadows

The first arch the trail takes you to is Landscape Arch; the longest spanning arch in the park and the longest known in the world according to the Natural Arch and Bridge Society (NABS)! It is 88.4m (290ft) long. You used to be able to walk under it until giant chunks started falling off in the 1990s.

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