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.
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.
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.
Here I look back down the trail we hiked.
With Delicate Arch in the background.
This is the view from the road.
I love taking pictures at first light
makes for incredible opportunities for photography
You can see the sunglow inside the arch with the early morning sun behind it.
Numerous arches are visible near 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.
Right beside the two Windows, you find Turret Arch. It is one of few that are taller than they are wide.
Gives you perspective on size
Our next hike was through Devils Garden to Landscape Arch
One of the biggest and oldest arches. As rock falls from the arch, it gets skinnier. One day, it will fall.
South side of the formations are snow free, but snow clings to the north side.
So named for the huge rock formations that look like walking down the street in NYC
We had named this formation the Three Wise Men, but the map calls them the Three Gossips.
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.
Looking at the wear pattern in the wash, you can see the waves in the rock being exposed
We drove back across the park one last time after dawn, and caught some beautiful light.
Hard to believe this guy is still standing. In a geologic blink, it will crumble (maybe 500 years?)