A Desert Wonderland – Hiking Around Arches National Park

The day after our Moab adventures, KC and I, with our new friend Brian, headed out to Arches National Park (NP) to explore the park (through hiking and not rock climbing, this time). What was especially cool about having Brian along was that he is a geophysicist and would answer such random questions as, “How was that formed?” with a smile and even point out interesting geological formations that we would have otherwise missed.

A view along the main road of Arches National Park

Driving around in Arches NP

 

Devil’s Garden – Landscape and Navajo Arches

For this first trip into the park, we decided to hike around and see the major features – like the renown Delicate Arch. We started in the area called “Devil’s Garden”, where we went to see the Landscape Arch.

A selfie under the arch

The Three of us at Landscape Arch

We kept hiking around the Devil’s Garden and saw some interesting rock features, one of which reminded me of the prow of a big cruise ship.

Rock formations in Arches National Park, in the Devil's Garden area

Can you see the cruise ship in the rock on the left?

We also scrambled on some rocks and looked back at the trail behind us for a view of the mountains behind us.

Looking back at the Devil's Garden in Arches National Park

Looking back at the Devil’s Garden in Arches NP with the Mountain Range in the distance.

Right before we reached the Navajo Arch, we saw some really cool rock features that would make for awesome bouldering, but we didn’t know if it was off limits for climbing. Knowing that it was the named features and big arches, not small side walls, that were off limits, the three of us agreed that we could do some impromptu bouldering in this area… without climbing shoes or crash pads. (I researched this later and think we were ok climbing this, since we didn’t use chalk or otherwise deface the rock or surrounding areas.)

Impromptu bouldering behind the Navajo Arch in Arches National Park

KC ad Brian doing some Impromptu bouldering behind the Navajo Arch in Arches NP.

Impromptu bouldering behind the Navajo Arch in Arches National Park

Loving the rock holds.

Eventually we made it to the Navajo Arch.

The Navajo Arch at Arches National Park

The Navajo Arch at Arches NP.

On the way back, we passed the same rock features again and spent some more time bouldering, this time working on traversing.

KC bouldering behind the Navajo Arch

KC traversing across the rock.

Eventually, after a few hours and only having seen the Landscape and Navajo Arches, we made it back to the parking lot.

Delicate Arch

After Devils Garden, we hiked out to Delicate Arch, which was a beautiful six mile (roundtrip) hike.

In the distance, to the left of the picture, you can see Park Avenue

Views along the trail.

The Delicate Arch was spectacular.

The Delicate Arch with the canyons in the background

The Delicate Arch with the canyons in the background.

And I had to mimic the arch with a bridge pose.

I'm imitating the Delicate Arch

Double Arch! ;)

Then KC mimicked me, under the arch.

KC does an bridge pose under the Delicate Arch

KC doing a bridge pose under the Delicate Arch

At one point, I turned around and couldn’t find either of the guys until I looked up.

KC and Brian balancing on top of rock formations near the Delicate Arch

KC and Brian balancing on top of rock formations near the Delicate Arch

 

The Windows and the Turret Arch

Following the road toward the park’s entrance, we stopped at the Windows  to see the North and South Window and the Turret Arch.

The famous North (to the left) South (to the right) Windows at Arches National Park

The North (to the left) and South (to the right) Windows at Arches NP

The Northern Window, a famous formation at Arches National Park

Clear blue skies seen through the North Window.

Across from the Windows was the Turret Arch. We could see a storm brewing behind the arch.

Turret Arch at Arches National Park

Turret Arch with a storm coming in the background

KC had a lion king moment on a rock in front of the Turret Arch.

KC had a Lion King Moment at Arches National park

The Circle of… KC?

When walking back to the car, from the Turret Arch, we had an amazing view of the Garden of Eden.

A View of Arches National Park, looking north from the Windows

Garden of Eden Formation. Pictures don’t do it justice.

 

Rolling Out

Soon after we left the Windows, the storm that we saw behind the Turret Arch caught up with us and we got to see the desert park drenched in an early summer storm. The park was beautiful in the rain.

Park Avenue at Arches National Park

Park Avenue at Arches NP, as viewed from the car after the rain.

We left, having seen some of the big attractions, but wanting to see more. This will have to be re-visited sometime again.

 

More Information

For more information about Arches National Park, check out the National Park Service’s website.

You can check out more pictures on our Utah Adventures Part 1 Photo Journal Page.

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