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We made a winter trip to Moab. We spent three days exploring Arches National Park. Captured two sunrises and the first light of dawn on the sandstone sculpture. We took several short hikes and find this a great place for families. Lots to see without going to far. Enjoy.

For more Utah National Parks, start here with Zion National Park.

Arches NP

Arches NP

What a beautiful place to visit. There are many wonderful views from the road, and incredible short hikes of a half mile to two miles. It is a great place for kids, the old and infirm to visit because of its accessibility.

Upper Delicate Arch Viewpoint Trail

Upper Delicate Arch Viewpoint Trail

Our first hike was a short trek to see Delicate Arch. The trail ended at this rock outcropping looking at Delicate Arch. The trail to the arch was too icy to hike, so we came here. I hiked up the slick rock to get a better shot, and looked back at Genie sitting here.

Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch Overlook Hike

Delicate Arch Overlook Hike

Here I look back down the trail we hiked.

Gregg on the Slick Rock

Gregg on the Slick Rock

With Delicate Arch in the background.

Delicate Arch

Sandstone Fins

Ridges and Valleys

Leaning Arch

North Window

North Window

This is the view from the road.

Sandstone Fin

Sunrise at Balanced Rock

La Sal Mountains at dawn

Balanced Rock at Dawn

Morning Color

Dawn in Arches

Windows at Dawn

Balanced Rock

Windows at Dawn

Window on the Sun

Blue Sky behind the Ridge

Color of Dawn

Dawn's Early Light

Dawn's Early Light

I love taking pictures at first light

Early Morning Sun

Early Morning Sun

makes for incredible opportunities for photography

Monolith

Roadside Window

Morning Glow thru Arch

Morning Glow thru Arch

You can see the sunglow inside the arch with the early morning sun behind it.

Balanced Rock and Snow

Winter Day

Little Balanced Rock

Glowing Sandstone

La Sal Mountains behind Arches

Windows Section

Windows Section

Numerous arches are visible near the Windows

Double Arch

Arch at Dawn

Double Arch

Cove of Caves

Hiking the Windows

Hiking the Windows

We came back again to get a closer view by hiking the short Windows trail. Incredible bang for the buck on a short hike.

How Arches Form

North Window

Turret Arch

Turret Arch

Right beside the two Windows, you find Turret Arch. It is one of few that are taller than they are wide.

Gregg between the Windows

Genie at Tower Arch

North and South Window

Genie at North Window

Genie at North Window

Gives you perspective on size

Snow adds to the Beauty

Sun rises

Early Sun on the Ridges

Glowing Rocks

Arch Forming

Incredible Cliffs

Long Wall

Classic Western Shot

Early Light

North Window

Incredible Beauty of Devils Garden

Incredible Beauty of Devils Garden

Our next hike was through Devils Garden to Landscape Arch

Walking between the Fins

Incredible Ridges

Fins in the snow

Chilly Hike

Three Arches on one short trail

Hiking thru Snow

Narrow Canyon Walls

Beautiful Sky

Rock Garden

Landscape Arch

Landscape Arch

One of the biggest and oldest arches. As rock falls from the arch, it gets skinnier. One day, it will fall.

Blue Sky, Landscape Arch

Private Arch

Genie at Landscape Arch

Hiking the Hoodoos

Snow on the North Side

Snow on the North Side

South side of the formations are snow free, but snow clings to the north side.

Park Avenue

Park Avenue

So named for the huge rock formations that look like walking down the street in NYC

Three Gossips

Three Gossips

We had named this formation the Three Wise Men, but the map calls them the Three Gossips.

Hiking the Wash

Hiking the Wash

We walked this trail from bottom to top. It follows a wash between the towering rocks. It is incredible to see the work the water does cutting through the rock.

Rock Spires

Sun on Rock Wall

Leaning Tower

Genie on a Boulder in the Wash

Water Wearing on Rock

Water Wearing on Rock

Looking at the wear pattern in the wash, you can see the waves in the rock being exposed

Three Gossips at First Light

Windows before Dawn

First Light through the Windows

Sunrise at Arches

Pink Clouds of Dawn

Horizon at First Light

Pink Clouds over the Windows

North Window and Turret Arch

Canyon Country

Beautiful Dawn

Sun Rising

Sunrise over the La Sals

Sun Rises

Light behind the Windows

La Sals at first Light

Mountain Horizon

Sun hits the Cliffs

Beautiful First Light

Dawn's early light

Park Avenue at First Light

Park Avenue at First Light

We drove back across the park one last time after dawn, and caught some beautiful light.

Glowing Rock Wall

Park Avenue

Narrow Fin

Narrow Fin

Hard to believe this guy is still standing. In a geologic blink, it will crumble (maybe 500 years?)

Tiny Window

Park Avenue Trail

Three Gossips at Dawn

Rock and Shadows

Huge Wall

Deep Blue Sky

Balancing Rock

Snow Sky and Sun

Narrow Rock Monolith

Shadows and Sun

Profile in Shadows

Climbing Challenges everywhere

Farewell to a beautiful place

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