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.
The Delicate Arch at Arches N.P. is probably the most recognized arch in the world. Its window is 46 feet high and 32 feet wide. In order to reach the Delicate Arch plateau one must hike a moderately strenuous trail for 1.5 miles, having an elevation gain of 480 feet. This is a "must" hike in Arches in order to be able to fully appreciate this magnificent natural structure. I made this climb in 2003, having only my "nice" film camera and was not happy with the results. I promised myself that I would return with a really "good" camera, and in October, 2019, I made the trek up the trail (not as easy after gaining 16 years in age), but I am thrilled with the results. I am extremely proud of this image and so happy that I made the climb again.
January 7th, 2020
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