Arches National Park is an American National Park located near the town of Moab, in southeastern Utah. It consists of 76,679 acres of high desert plateau ranging in elevation from 4085 to 5653 feet above sea level. It is close to the Colorado River which flows from the State of Colorado through the Grand Canyon in Arizona, to the Gulf of California. Arches was designated as a National Park in 1971, and has become one of the most popular parks in the system, hosting over 1.6 million visitors in 2018. The park consists of over 2000 sandstone arches of varying shapes and sizes and many other sandstone structures as well. The geology of the park is quite complex. In summary the land on which the park rests was once under an ancient sea. Over the millions of years the land underwent an uplift and sea eventually evaporated. The exposed rock formations then eroded over centuries leaving the structures one sees today. Arches is a traveler's delight - whether one likes to hike, drive, take photographs or simply admire the incredible beauty of nature. Arches has something for anyone who likes the great outdoors.
March 9th, 2021
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