Arches National Park: Photo Essay

Arches National Park

Arches National Park: Photo Essay

In South Dakota, I was taken by surprise when we entered Badlands National Park, not realizing that the United States had natural beauty like it. This got me excited for our time in Moab, which had two national parks to explore, Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park. Originally, I thought we had time for both, but we were so enthralled by Arches, that we wound up spending the entire day there, driving from place to place, and hiking along the way.

Arches National Park

At the recommendation of the bartender the previous evening at Moab Brewing Company, we headed right to the end of the park at Devil’s Garden. There was some great hiking here, and even though it was crowded, we found it to be less crowded than the spots at the beginning of the park. Here, we got ourselves together and headed to Landscape Arch, which at 290-feet is the longest arch in the park

Devil's Garden

Devil's Garden

Landscape Arch

Arches National Park

After a bit of hiking, we knew that there was so much more we wanted to see. We headed first to Broken Arch and then to Sand Dune Arch. Sand Dune Arch was probably my favorite because visiting it required going inside one of the formations.

Arches National Park

Broken Arch

Yoga at Arches National Park

Yoga at Arches National Park

One of our favorite spots, although there were no arches in sight, was Salt Valley Overlook. Here, we enjoyed some peace and quiet, took in the surroundings, and meditated for a bit. The landscape was different than the previous areas we were in, especially since the grey clouds decided to finally pass.

Freedom

Salt Valley Overlook

Salt Valley Overlook

Arches National Park

Continuing on through the park, Delicate Arch was up next, and although we really wanted to hike to it, it was hot and we were both a bit travel weary. Instead, we made our way to the viewpoint. Little did we realize, that was a bit of a hike as well. Still, the views were worth it.

Delicate Arch

Then, we drove to Garden of Eden, where it was windy, but we stopped for a while to watch some of the rock climbers scaling the rock formations. I have no idea how they were brave enough to climb, especially with the wind whipping about, but it was inspiring to watch from down below. On our way out, we got one last picture of the famous Balanced Rock.

Garden of Eden

Garden of Eden

Balanced Rock

Arches National Park was one of the most unique natural places I have been to. Parts of the park reminded me of my time in Namibia, but it was a place all its own. As with the other parks I visited on this trip, I already cannot wait to get back. I want to camp here and experience its beauty for a longer time period, including more time spent on its trails. I am already looking forward to experiencing it again, as well as all of the parks Utah has to offer.

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Comments (11)

  1. Britany Robinson

    I’m heading there in December and I can’t waaaait! Your pictures made me even more excited. 🙂

    1. The World Wanderer

      You will absolutely love it! Glad my post got you excited – can’t wait to hear about your experience. 🙂

  2. Rachele

    These pictures look amazing! I’d love to go there some day!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Rachele! I definitely recommend it!

  3. Lance | Trips By Lance

    This is one of the places I want to visit in the U.S. more than any other. I thought about making a day trip from Vegas last year and then almost made our annual October trip to Colorado and Utah just to spend time at Arches. It’s on my radar, and I mean soon. Beautiful pictures. It’s great to hear it’s doable in a day, too. I’m always concerned that while I believe you can experience a place in a short time that in reality it won’t be a great experience. You prove otherwise.

    1. The World Wanderer

      You will love it! I can’t stop thinking about it and definitely want to head back soon. 🙂

  4. Traveling Ted

    Utah is pretty amazing. I loved Zion, but that is my only park I visited there. You cannot go wrong no matter which one you pick. I definitely would love to return and visit Bryce and Arches. These pictures sure are motivating.

    1. The World Wanderer

      I missed Zion – next time! There’s so much to see and do in Utah!

  5. Craig Zabransky

    I really wanted to get here this summer… I didn’t make it first hand, but wow… This, these images make me want it more… Great captures.

    Stay America the Beautiful, Craig

    1. The World Wanderer

      I hope you get there soon, Craig! It is an incredible place – otherworldly. Actually, parts of it felt like Namibia – so random, haha.

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