Greetings from Arches National Park

The thing about Delicate Arch is that even before you’ve seen it, you’ve probably seen its image a zillion times — on postcards and in magazines, on the road signs and Utah license plates you passed on your way to Arches National Park. And it doesn’t matter one bit. There’s nothing — not even the crowds you’ll likely encounter there — that can take away the splendor of this magnificent monolith.

But Edward Abbey, in “Desert Solitaire,” already put it best:

“A weird, lovely, fantastic object out of nature like Delicate Arch has the curious ability to remind us — like rock and sunlight and wind and wildflowers — that out there is a different world, older and greater and deeper by far than ours, a world which sustains the little world of man as sea and sky surround and sustain a ship. For a little while we are again able to see, as the child sees, a world of marvels.”


Arches National Park

With more than 2,000 natural stone arches, this landmark park offers more of these distinctive rock formations than anywhere else in the world. Wind and water, extreme temperatures, and a shifting underground salt bed sculpted the red rock over time into the area's spectacular and often delicate shapes. These arches can be large and impressive like the famous Delicate Arch, or just slivers in the sandstone.

State(s): Utah

Established: 1929

“These days, we need all the wonder we can get. ”

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