Greetings from Arches National Park

This is Ellen S. Faith. She was never happier during our 45 years of marriage than when we were visiting a National Park. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, we created The National Park-off, a humorous challenge to our friends. The object was to visit all the National Parks before dying. When Wegener’s disease took out her kidneys, she simply scheduled dialysis treatments at clinics near parks we had not visited and we continued until she passed away in 2015. I miss her so very much, but she did not live to have to see the Parks threatened as they are now. I hope everyone will stand with the Parks and make sure they are there for our grandchildren’s grandchildren.


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

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