Arches National Park – The landscape of colors and textures

The state of Utah is grazed by another National Park and in this one nature is the architect.

Arches National Park is located in the Canyon Country of southeastern Utah. It’s a wonderland of formations, landforms, and textures found nowhere else on earth.

Here atop an underground salt bed shaped and chiseled by erosion stands the most extensive array of natural arches on earth. Rising to the vast desert sky like the ruins of a race of giants are the arches which the park is named after.

Nowhere else in the world can natural arches be found in such numbers. In this region, several thousand have been counted.

Each arch differs in size and form, and they are ever ever-changing, water shakes them, knife like winds whittled at them and erosion endlessly buffs them and will one day slowly destroying them.

Their fantasy shapes challenge our imaginations, and we call this one over 300 feet long it’s called the

Landscape Arch

Landscape Arch - RuckJack

Double Arch

Double Arch - RuckJack

Turret Arch

Turret Arch - RuckJack

but not all are arches, and some are fancifully named formations.

Sheep rock

Sheep rock - RuckJack

The three gossips

The three gossips - RuckJack

Wall Street

Wall Street - RuckJack

The parade of elephants

The parade of elephants - RuckJack

The fiery furnace

The fiery furnace - RuckJack

This land is harsh, and erosion is constantly at work. Until the year 1940, the opening in skyline arch (Picture Below) was blocked by a huge boulder, but erosion undercut the Boulder’s support which shaped the spectacular arch we see today.

As tempting as it may be to visiting daredevils climbing the arches is strictly forbidden. A startling variation on multiple arches is balanced rock.

Balanced rock

Balanced rock - RuckJack

A hundred and twenty-five feet above the ground, on a massive stone shaft. A huge boulder weighing is as much as 1600 full-size automobiles is delicately balanced.

Delicate arch, a play with clay sort of arch that seems almost too fragile to stand. Yet it has probably stood there for centuries of the more than 2000 years. This is the indelible memory that most visitors take away with them this is the landmark arch this is the icon the treasured emblem of Arches National Park.

Delicate arch

Delicate arch - RuckJack

Human have lived in this area since the last ice age, about 10,000 years ago. Fremont and Ancient Pueblo people lived in this area until about 700 years ago, and then Spanish missionaries encountered the Paiute and Ute tribe in 1775 when they came through this area. Next group of people who settled here were European American Mormons in 1855. Later in1880s it was occupied by ranchers, farmers, and prospectors. The word about the beauty of the surrounding area spread fast, and it was first brought to National Park Service by Frank A. Wadleigh.

After his inauguration, President Hoover declared the area (Arches National Park). In 1938 President Roosevelt signed a proclamation which enlarged the park to protect further scenic lands, protect wildlife and to promote tourism. In1960 President Eisenhower made a small adjustment to accommodate the rail road, and before leaving office, President Johnson substantially enlarged the arches and two years later President Richard Nixon and Congress over turned Johnson’s decision and reduced the total area and declared it a National Park.

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