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Arches National Park
Copyright: - US National Park Service
Arches National Park
Description -

Arches National Park protects and preserves the largest concentration of natural sandstone arches in the world. This park allows visitors from around the world to experience the contrasts of blue sky and red rock in the extraordinary forms of buttes, canyons, arches and plateaus. The environment is harsh with extreme temperatures and little water, yet many plants and animals have adapted and thrive in the desert.

For many individuals, including myself, the forces of nature that, over an immense span of time, created this landscape are difficult to fathom. Slickrock caps of Navajo Sandstone cover layers of sediment from ancient oceans, shores and deserts. Folds and warps in the layers indicate movement of long-buried salt deposits that formed enormous rocks balanced on thin spires, standing rock fins and cliff walls hundreds of feet high.

Attractions - The major attractions in this park are accessible from the 18-mile, paved park road that leads from the visitor center at the park entrance to the campground at Devils Garden. A few short spur roads, accessible by passenger vehicle, lead to The Windows and Delicate Arch. An eight-mile unpaved road, and nine-mile four-wheel drive road, leads to the less-visited Klondike Bluffs area of the park.

The trail system in Arches National Park is geared to the visitor in a passenger car. Most trails begin from one of the park roads and lead a short distance to an extraordinary natural feature. The longest maintained routes within the park lead to Dark Angel spire and Delicate Arch. Picnicking facilities lie at the visitor center, Balanced Rock and Devils Garden.

Recreation - The climate in the desert region of Utah can be extreme and change quickly. In summer, June through September, temperatures may exceed 100 degrees F. During the winter, December through February, temperatures often drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures may range 50 degrees in a 24-hour period. This is the desert, carry drinking water at all times.

Climate - The climate in the desert region of Utah can be extreme and change quickly. In summer, June through September, temperatures may exceed 100 degrees F. During the winter, December through February, temperatures often drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures may range 50 degrees in a 24-hour period. This is the desert, carry drinking water at all times.

Location - Arches National Park is located in eastern central Utah south of Interstate 70. The park entrance is located on Utah Highway l9l, five miles north of Moab, Utah.


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Filed By: Michelle Pompeii (Manitou Springs, CO)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: We loved the park itself, but there were just too many people!!! (but I guess that's to be expected in July!) Although we understand that that the extremely restrictive rules are in place to preserve the park, it did hamper our enjoyment of the formations. We were looking for a more spiritually connective experience with the formations and the forces that created them. Here in Colorado Springs, we have Garden Of The Gods park, and you are allowed to touch and climb on the formations, and we had hoped Arches would be like that but on a much grander scale. My advice to others is: If you are looking for a quiet spiritual place to reconnect with Mother Earth, this is NOT it! If you don't mind sharing the roads and trails with a lot of other people and having those people in your family photos of your vacation, or worse, standing in front of the "perfect sunset" shot...then you'll really love Arches.We will try again, but in very early spring, or late fall.

Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I've been to this park 4 times and I love it. Don't just drive thru it, get out and walk to the arches. Best time to go is in the fall or winter. The arches and other rock formations are spectacular!


More Information

Contact Information:
Arches National Park, P.O. Box 907 , Moab, UT, 84532, Phone: 801-259-8161

Additional Information:
Canyonland - This travel region encompasses the southeastern corner of Utah. In consists of a series of canyons, plateaus and cliffs, most of which are on public land.
Moab Area -
Utah National Forests and Parks - This large western state contains several National Forest and National Park properties. These diverse sites lie in all regions of the state and consist of natural and cultural attractions accessible throughout the year.

Links:
Arches National Park - Official agency website

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