I was in Moab for 1.5 weeks during the middle of April, while there I visited many places and have way too many pictures for one blog post for Moab, so I will create a blog entry for Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park and probably 2 for all other things I did around Moab. Note, I may post more than one entry a day, so if you typically just read my last posting make sure that you have read the next to the last also!
As I mentioned in a previous blog, we had some snow while I was in Arches. We had 2 – 3 inches, but it did not stick to much. My car was covered, but the ground was too warm for it to stick. The day of the snow, I went to Arches to have a quick look around. Below is Balanced rock with a little bit of snow on the ground.
This is Double Arch -
Below is a formation (with a few snow flakes in the picture) that is now called 3 Gossips. I think it used to be called the 3 Wisemen; at least that’s what I always thought they were. I visited this park more than 20 years ago and I am wondering if they got politically correct and changed the name. Or maybe I just thought that 3 Wisemen was a good name.
There are many arches in this park and I will not post pictures of every one I saw, but below are some of my favorites.
Landscape Arch -- When I was here before (I think in 1999) you could walk under the arch, but that same year a huge piece of rock (many tons) fell and now the arch is considered unstable and you can no longer go under the arch.
Double Arch - If this Arch looks familiar and you have never been to Arches National Park, you may be remembering a scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. If I remember correctly in that movie they used this in a scene with a young Indiana, but they made it look like this was the entrance to a cave. There is no cave in real life!
I like the wider picture below of Double Arch because it shows how much rock has eroded not just from the arch, but other parts of that same rock.
When I was at this park before, I walked the trail up to Delicate Arch. This time, I walked up the trail across the canyon to get a different view. 3 photos of Delicate Arch are below-
I hiked the Windows Trail, where you can see 3 more arches.
Windows Arches (as seen from Turret Arch)
I took the “primative” trail around the back of the arches and the view was a bit different.
Broken Arch (below) is one of 2 arches I saw on the Broken Arch/Sand Dune arch trail.
I liked the 3 Wisemen/3 Gossips so much, I am posting a picture taken on a better day--