There is nothing more iconic to the American southwest than Delicate Arch at Arches National Park. After hiking out to Delicate Arch it is amazing to realize how tall the arch is. You just don’t expect to be standing in front of an arch 65 feet tall.
I remember my first visit to Arches and the shock of seeing Balanced Rock. This rock just defies gravity! There is a trail that practically walks underneath it, Would you walk under it?
I personally went to go see Landscape Arch during my visit. This arch is over 300 feet long and only 6 foot thick in places! This is considered very mature for an arch and will eventually fall to the ground.
Arches has over 2000 natural sandstone arches! Some of the most famous are located on the Devils Garden Trail. Landscape Arch is the highlight but Double O Arch is very impressive also!
To give perspective, the main trail is behind this arch and I walked through the bottom hole and easily fit my 6’3” body through it.
Navajo Arch is very photogenic in the Devils Garden hike.
Tunnel Arch was one of my favorites to photograph. The colors are so vivid and will have you staring in amazement. The colors seem to be more like a painting than a photograph!
All of these arches will eventually fail. Wind and water created all of these arches and will eventually bring them to the ground.
My first trip to Arches National Park was in 2003 and I photographed Wall Arch while on the Devils Garden hike. On the night of August 4, 2008 Wall Arch fell to the ground.
Another great hike is through Fiery Furnace. Be prepared as this hike is only available as a guided tour for a small fee. There is only a limited number of people allowed each day so come prepared to sign up early if you want to do this hike. My favorite arch in the fiery furnace is the Kissing Turtles Arch. How can you not love this?
This hike has a few places where you have to climb up the rocks. Be prepared and in enough physical shape to handle this adventure.
You end the Fiery Furnace hike on your back looking up into the sky where you will find Surprise Arch that was not identified until the 1963 by the Park Superintendent Bates Wilson.
Plan on spending a few days at Arches. Remember there are over 2000 arches plus several other attractions as well. Moab is a short drive away and is a fun place to visit.