Friday, June 28, 2013

Arches National Park: An Overview

Arches National Park contains the largest concentration of natural stone arches in the world – more than 2500 at last count. By comparison, the Red River Gorge Geological Area in central Kentucky has only a little more than 100 natural sandstone arches, but still has the highest concentration of arches east of the Rocky Mountains.

Here are just a few of the amazing sights you'll see while exploring the park:

In addition to a plethora of stone arches, the park has hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins (vertical slabs of rock), balanced rocks and lofty monoliths:

Even if you have a strong preference for the mountains, Arches National Park should still be on your bucket list. I would recommend visiting at least one full day, but two days would provide a much better opportunity to soak in everything the park has to offer.

Map: Arches NP Trails Illustrated Map

Best Easy Day Hikes Canyonlands and Arches National Parks: this fully updated and revised edition includes trail descriptions and maps of the best short hikes that venture into some of the most scenic sections of Canyonlands and Arches National Parks.

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