Arches National Park

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Colorado RiverColorado River (09/28/2004) The Colorado River along Highway 128.

SandstoneSandstone (09/28/2004) An intriguing display of erosion with distant canyon walls and tilted sandstone eroding in a bubbling pattern.

Park AvenuePark Avenue (09/28/2004) The towers in the fins near the Park Avenue region of arches.

The Three GossipsThe Three Gossips (09/28/2004) The Three Gossips in Arches National Park.

FinsFins (09/28/2004) The unstable salt layer under the park broke up the upper sandstone layers. Most of the sandtone erode away leaving these impressive fins.

Sandstone TowerSandstone Tower (09/28/2004)

EntradaEntrada (09/28/2004)

ArchesArches (10/15/2005) The new visitor center at Arches National Park.

Entrance to ArchesEntrance to Arches (10/15/2005) Entrance to Arches National Park.

Desert FlowerDesert Flower (10/15/2005) Flower at the Entrance to the park.

Pine Tree ArchPine Tree Arch (10/15/2005) Pine Tree Arch in Arches National Park.

Tunnel ArchTunnel Arch (10/15/2005) Tunnel Arch.

Arches National MonumentArches National Monument (10/15/2005) As I recall, this is Pine Tree Arch from a distance.

FinsFins (10/15/2005) The arches form in these large sandstone fins. The sandstone is on a salt dome. As the salt dissolved the sandstone fractured in vertical cracks which erodes into fins.

Landscape ArchLandscape Arch (10/15/2005) This arch is physically impossible.

Moon over ArchesMoon over Arches (10/15/2005) Picture of the Moon over Arches National Park. (Taken on road to Dead Horse Point).

La Sal MountainsLa Sal Mountains (09/28/2004) The La Sal Mountains from Arches National Park.

Across the Slick RockAcross the Slick Rock (09/28/2004) Delicate arch seen across a field of slick rock. NOTE there is a deep chasm between the slickrock in the foreground and distant arch.

Sandstone CliffsSandstone Cliffs (09/28/2004) I believe this is near Park Avenue.

Entrada SandstoneEntrada Sandstone (10/15/2005) The Entrada layer has a distinctive red rounded shape.

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park in South Eastern Utah is a photographer's paradise. Everywhere you turn you will find new and wonderous formations. The subtle lighting of the desert and changing of the seasons guarantee that each trip through the park will provide new insight and photo opportunities. A true photographer could spend a life time examining the light in this small paradise.

Here I present a quick walk through the Park, and I encourage anyone wishing to undertand the desert to stop in Moab and to spend at least one day exploring Arches National Park.


Context: Desert

Devils Garden (60 pictures) The Devils Garden Trail is a popular hike in Arches National Park.

Moab, Utah (138 pictures) Moab is just south of Arches National Park on Highway 191. If you plan on visiting Arches, you should plan a stay in this desert oasis.

Colorado River (96 pictures) Arches National Park is just north of the Colorado River. The Colorado River plays a fundamental role in the erosion process which exposed the park.

Grand Junction, Colorado (95 pictures) Grand Junction is the closest metropolitan area to Arches.

Granstaff Canyon (14 pictures) Negro Bill's Canyon is south of Arches National Park (across the Colorado River). The trail goes through terrain similar to Arches.

Sevenmile Canyon (31 pictures) Sevenmile Canyon is due West of Arches (on the road to Canyonlands and Dead Horse Point).

Corona Arch Trail (31 pictures) The Corona Arch Trail (down the Colorado River) features several arches in the Navajo Sandstone layer.


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