Arches National Park

After exploring of the Canyonlands National Park, we decided to spend another night at Horsethief Campground and head down the mountain closer to Moab and check out Arches National Park.

Entry Fee: $30 🇺🇸 / $39 🇨🇦 per vehicle.

We have the National Park Annual Pass we purchased when we went up to Canyonlands for $80 🇺🇸 /$104 🇨🇦. One more National Park and we are ahead.

The Arches National Park is north of Moab, Utah approx 8 km/ 5 miles
Horsethief Campground to Arches National Park Entrance
32 km/20 miles
Map of the Park showing all the points of interest.

The first stop for us was the Las Sal Mountains Viewpoint. It loops around and has parking for an approximately a dozen vehicles.

Courthouse Towers
From here you can see Many Towers
Myron taking in the view at La Sal Mountain Viewpoint

View of La Sal Mountain
Not the greatest photo, but you can spot an arche off in the distance.

Courthouse Towers Viewport

Just a short drive from La Sal Mountain Viewpoint is Courthouse Towers Viewpoint.

Tower of Babel
The Organ
Three Gossips
Sheep Rock. Can you see a Sheep?
You can see Sheep Rock once formed an arch.

The Great Wall

View from the road
Another road view as no place to stop safely

Petrified Dunes Viewpoint

Hmm, aren’t all rocks Petrified?
You can see the colour change

Ancient Sand Dunes: This vast area was once covered by extensive sand dunes. Some 200 million years ago, winds from the northwest carried tons of fine-grained sand into this area, creating an immense desert. Over time, the sand drifts were covered by other layers of sediment, compressed and cemented by quartz and calcite into Navajo Sandstone.

Rock Pinnacles

Approaching the rock pinnacles
Awesome rock formations
The colours layers are so fascinating

Balanced Rock

Just a short 0.5 km/0.3 miles stroll around the Balanced Rock.

Standing at 128 ft tall

The slick rock boulder of Entrada Sandstone sits attached to its eroding pedestal of Dewey Bridge mudstone.

Balanced Rock defies gravity but this won’t always be the case. Eventually, the 3,600 ton (over 4 million kg) boulder will come tumbling down as the erosional process continues to shape the landscape. ( quote from Arches National Park website)

It resembles closely to an elementary art project.

The Balanced Rock would be amazing to see in the evening, as the deep red-orange colours would come to life with the sunset. Maybe even some star gazing from the base of the rock.


Double Arch

Early morning or late afternoon would be the best time to visit. We were lucky enough to find a parking spot first try. The parking area was packed.

The Double Arch trail is a short hike of 0.8 km/0.5 miles.

Walking down the trail to the Double Arches
Absolutely beautiful

Double Arch is the tallest (112 ft/34 m) and second-longest (144 ft/44 m) arch in the park.

Amazing how these arches form.
I Spy!
Myron is somewhere in this photo

The Window Section

Back at the parking area from the Double Arches we following the trail climb stairs to the upper parking area and make our way over to the Window Section.

Screen shot of the trailer to the window sections.

We decided to explore the Window Sections on our next visit, but we did take a quick pic of the North Window.

North Window

I will do another post of Part 2 of our Arches Exploring

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