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    Arches National Park High Adventure Utah

    • U.S. National Park
    • Over 2,000 Sandstone Arches
    • Many Geological Features
    • Rock Climbing & Rappeling
    • Backpacking & Hiking Trails
    • Ancient Petroglyphs
    • Dark Skies Astronomy

    Arches National Park is a 76,679 acre preserve near Moab Utah. It is home to hundreds of natural stone arches, soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. The contrasting colors and textures of these red rock formations are amazing. Millions of years of colorful geological history have been revealed by erosion.

    Popular adventure activities include hiking, rock climbing, camping, wilderness backpacking, horse treks, and wildlife viewing. Backcountry adventure permit required.

    This area was first designated a National Monument in 1929 and then as a National Park in 1971. Its highest elevation is 5,653 feet at Elephant Butte, and its lowest elevation is 4,085 feet at the visitor center.


    Arches Park Wildlife

    Animal life here includes spadefoot toad, red fox, desert bighorn sheep, kangaroo rat, mule deer, mountain lion, midget faded rattlesnake, yucca moth, many types of cyanobacteria, Western rattlesnake, and the Western collared lizard. Plant and fauna is rather sparse in this desert environment, but certainly not barren.

    Bird-watchers may look for the following: scrub jay, peregrine falcon, and many kinds of sparrows. Almost 130 species of birds live in or migrate through the Arches. Best encounter areas are the woodlands of Courthouse Wash and Devils Garden.

    Plants also dominate the landscape in the park. The list of plants includes: prickly pear cactus, Indian ricegrass, bunch grasses, cheatgrass, lichen, moss, liverworts, Utah juniper, Mormon tea, blackbrush, cliffrose, four-winged saltbrush, pinyon pine, stemless woollybase, evening primrose, sand verbena, yucca, and sacred datura.


    Arches Park Adventure Activities

    The rock at Arches offers excellent climbing opportunities, despite its sandy nature. Most climbing routes in the park require advanced techniques. Permits are not required, unless the trip involves an overnight stay in the backcountry. Climbers are encouraged to access climbing routes via established trails, slickrock or sandy washes. It the responsibility of all climbers to know and obey park regulations and route closures.

    Climbing on named landmarks and rock formations as well as slacklining is prohibited. A permit is required to explore elsewhere in the park.

    Approved recreational activities include auto touring, backpacking, biking, camping, and hiking, some of which require permits.


    Arches Park Famous Landmarks

    Among the notable features of the park are:

    • Balanced Rock – a large balancing rock, the size of three school buses
    • Courthouse Towers – a collection of tall stone columns
    • Dark Angel – a free-standing 150-foot (46 m) tall sandstone pillar at the end of the Devil's Garden Trail
    • Delicate Arch – a lone-standing arch which has become a symbol of Utah and the most recognized arch in the park
    • Devil's Garden or The Klondike Bluffs – with many arches and columns scattered along a ridge
    • Double Arch – two arches that share a common end
    • Fiery Furnace – an area of maze-like narrow passages and tall rock columns
    • Landscape Arch – a very thin and long arch with a span of 290 feet
    • Petrified dunes – petrified remnants of sand dunes blown from the ancient lakes that covered the area
    • Wall Arch – located along the popular Devil's Garden Trail; collapsed sometime on August 4/5, 2008
    • Courthouse Tower: Great vistas of the region
    • Park Avenue: Mile-long narrow canyon trail with veritical sandstone walls rising nearly 300 feet.
    • The Windows: Site of eight great arches and many smaller formations
    • Wolfe Ranch: Former home of Civil War veteran, John Wesley Wolfe who spent 20 years trying to conquer the desert (1888-1908).


    Arches Park Trails

    There are many short and easy trails from the main road to major park landmarks.

    • Delicate Arch Trail - 3 Mile Round Trip starting from Wolfe Ranch Parking Area. Combination of slickrock and scenic rock ledges.
    • Devils Garden Trail - this 7.2 mile route is the longest maintained trail in the park and leads to eight majestic arch formations.
    • Double O Arch - 4 mile round trip leads to Partition, Navajo Arches and Dark Angel.
    • Fiery Furnace - an area of the park that has no established hiking trails, signs, or maps. It is a labyrinth of narrow sandstone canyons and fins. Exploring this area requires careful navigation, physical agility and a hiking permit.


    Arches National Park
    Superintendent - Arches N.P., Box 907, Moab, UT 84532; (435) 259-8161;
    Open: Daily 8AM-6PM (April-Sept) / 8AM-4:30PM (Oct-Mar);

    NPS Weblink;
    Utah Arches National Park;

    Geologist theorize that anciently a great segment of earth's crust warped upward forming a big 30 mile long arch, before sinking back in. Then erosion and water have since worn away at the loose material forming the "arches" and "fins" present in so great abundance as seen today.

    The arches should be seen in conjunction with the other colorful canyonlands of the upper Colorado River region. The best viewing is in the early morning or evening hours when sunlight casts a magic fiery glow on the sandstone formations.

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