Arches National Park, Utah

Arches became a national park in 1971, and although it is not on the list of the top-ten most popular parks in the US, it draws hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. It is known for sandstone arches, balanced rocks and other interesting geological formations.

Visitors are rewarded with a stunning view after passing through the entry gate, and driving up the steep hill.

Our first stop after entering was Park Avenue Viewpoint.

Park Avenue Viewpoint

The trail at Park Avenue is quite popular.

We stopped for a hike near Broken Arch, not far from Devil’s Garden Campground.

Broken Arch

Also in the area is Sand Dune Arch and some interesting, narrow canyons to explore.

It’s amazing to see plants thrive in this harsh environment.

As we crossed the Colorado – Utah border, I saw God in the sky in the form of huge gold sunburning clouds above the desert that seemed to point a finger at me and say, ‘Pass here and go on, you’re on the road to heaven.’
Jack Kerouac

There are over 2,000 arches in the park! I can’t remember the name of this one.

Delicate Arch is the most popular arch in the park.

Sketch courtesy of theTravelsketcher

We visited on a Monday a few weeks ago. We arrived early in the morning and there were already two lines of cars waiting to get to the visitor’s gate, each a half a mile long. When the park reaches capacity, the entry gate is closed and visitors must wait for up to three hours to enter. Many of the areas we had hoped to visit were overly crowded with no parking available. To avoid the massive crowds, I suggest visiting in the late fall or early spring. The park is always going to be crowded, but maybe not quite as crowded as when we were there.

The long line of cars at the entry gate.

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There’s something appealing about the desert that I can’t quite describe. The arid expanse, the stark, rugged beauty, the feeling of being far from civilization, the strange buzzing of unfamiliar insects; these are sensations most of us do not experience very often, perhaps that’s the attraction. Whatever it is, it has me hooked, and I can’t wait to visit again someday.

Stay safe and healthy,


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  1. Amazing photos! I really like the steep and narrow canyons. Great sketch by Terry! I agree with you about the desert. I love the expansive feel, the colors and the different plants.

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