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Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah, USA

Arches National Park in Utah is one of those places where the name tells you exactly what you’ll see. This park contains over 2000 different arches carved out of its golden sandstone over hundreds of thousands of years. It has the greatest density of rock arches anywhere in the world. Some soar high above you – the biggest is Landscape Arch at 306 feet wide – and some are so small you could step right over them. The most famous is Delicate Arch (pictured above), which features on Utah’s license plates. There aren’t just arches here though, there are also caves and double arches, fins like those at Park Avenue and single stacks and towers like Balanced Rock, all formed by the same erosion process. The landscape here is  constantly but slowly changing – today’s cave is tomorrow’s arch, today’s arch is tomorrow’s stack.

Arches National Park, Utah, USA
Arches National Park, Utah, USA
Eroded arches
Arches National Park, Utah, USA
Walks in Arches National Park
Arches National Park, Utah, USA

The details

Arches National Park is located in southeast Utah, five miles north of Moab. Entry costs $25 per car (or $10 per person on foot/bike) and is valid for a week, or it’s free with a National Parks Pass. It’s best to have a car to get around the park. There’s a 40-mile scenic drive around the park with short walks to a lot of the main arches and some longer hikes, like the one out to Delicate Arch. In summer it gets incredibly hot and dry so it’s a good idea to go early or late in the day and always take lots of water.

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  • Reply
    Darlene
    July 13, 2013 at 2:42 am

    What a cool park. Must visit one day. Have you seen the Hoo Dooos in Alberta? They are very interesting as well.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 14, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      I still haven’t made it to Canada but will add that to my already huge Canadian ‘to do ‘ list!

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    HeinRia
    July 13, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Nice pictures of a very beautiful park.

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    fixedopsgenius
    July 13, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Reblogged this on One Black T-Shirt.

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    love.antoinette
    July 14, 2013 at 1:01 am

    I really have to do Utah and the rest of America’s southwest area…. Truly love your photos Luce!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 14, 2013 at 9:31 pm

      Thank you, I took so many photos on this trip, it’s such a beautiful part of the world!

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    ladyseminole07
    July 14, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    This is a beautiful shot of a place that I have never been. Hmm, makes me think I might want to go West someday.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 14, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      I really fell in love with the southwest – such a diverse range of stunning landscapes.

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    The Travelbunny
    July 14, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    Stunning shots Lucy – you’ve really inspired me to plan a US roadtrip. Gawd dammit!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 18, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      If you need any tips just let me know, I’m planning another one for next year already – there’s a lot of the US to cover!

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    ishanpunkmehta
    July 16, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Nice pictures………………………………………..

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Thanks, I was spoilt for choice for photo spots at Arches!

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    Hotel Gianna 4 stelle Madonna di Campiglio
    July 17, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    L’ha ribloggato su federicoarmani98e ha commentato:
    Stupendo!

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    Arianwen
    July 28, 2013 at 2:42 am

    It definitely is well named!! It looks like a great place to wander around.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 29, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      I like a nice good, straightforward name! There were some good walks around and they don’t mind you climbing up onto some of the arches too.

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    Crowns & Peacocks
    July 28, 2013 at 9:36 am

    Wow! Your photos are absolutely stunning, and what a beautiful park, I really hope I get the chance to visit one day! 😀

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 29, 2013 at 3:17 pm

      Thanks, it’s a great park to visit, and you can easily combine it with some of the others in the surrounding area.

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    soniajonestravel
    July 29, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Lucy, I absolutely LOVE Arches NP – and PS amazing photos! Just came across your blog and love it! If you want share some travel tips, pop by my blog – I am definitely still tweaking and finding my niche. You’ve inspired me! Safe travels, Sonia

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      July 29, 2013 at 3:18 pm

      Thanks Sonia, glad to bring back some good memories. Will definitely check out your site – always good to discover new travel blogs!

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