Arches National Park

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There are few things in this world as beautiful as the earth itself.  The US National Parks are charged with preserving the unspoiled beauty of these fantastic natural landscapes and this week my family spent some time exploring one of the most unique and beautiful ones; Arches National Park in Eastern Utah.

The draw to this rocky wonderland is the landscape carved by millennia. Erosion has eaten away at the rock leaving behind delicate arches, chimneys and balancing rocks. Add to that the red color against green desert flora and you've got a photographers dream--not to mention endless hikes, bike trails and swimming opps.

My kids like to tease me by saying, "mom, is it amazing, incredible and unbelievable?" It totally is. The geology is so interesting, you really can see the laying of the ages and park signs do a good job explaining how all these shapes happened.

The Details
Address: 4 miles North of Moab, Utah
Cost: $10/vehicle good for 7 days
Hours: Park is open 24 hours a day.
Parking: All the hot spots on the trail map have parking, but spaces do fill up.  Go early in the day.
Tips:  I think I say this quite often, but you really do need proper shoes. I am amazed at how many people I saw trying to make some of the hikes in platform flipflops.  TENNIS SHOES OR HIKING BOOTS, PEOPLE! Strappy sandals such as Tevas are a good option as well.

It is essential to take lots of water and begin early--we were finished with the most strenuous hike by10:30am and the sun was already blazing by then.  The park provides you with a good map indicating location and distance of hikes. Many are very simple and family friendly, but a few are a bit longer and one requires a reservation.

Bob and I loved Arches. The girls enjoyed it and were impressed with the scenery, but they only had about half as much interest as we did in hiking. Luckily for us, they are old enough to stay behind while Bob and I went back for bit more more.



  1. Arches National Park looks worth a visit. I love how erosion has created the arches and various shapes. And red rock is always so pretty.

  2. Thank you so much for linking up with "Through my Lens". Loved your post and this is such a stunning place/park.

    Mersad Donko Photography

  3. Wow - so beautiful!

  4. Gorgeous shots of your visit there. Took the grandson to Arches last summer, but because we can no longer hike, we had to just enjoy it from the car, which is disappointing. But it was still beautiful as a rainstorm blew in, and the sun was setting.

  5. This looks so magnificent - your photos make me want to go!
    Thanks for linking up at

  6. Gorgeous images from Arches nat'l park. The rock formations are cool. I loved this park! Have a happy day!

  7. I've always wanted to go there. it's on my photo bucket list.

  8. Gorgeous! I'd love to visit one day.