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.
Standing 128 feet tall, Balanced Rock is a 3,600-ton Entrada Sandstone boulder perched precariously atop a narrow pedestal of softer stone. Because the base erodes faster than the boulder, Balanced Rock will eventually fall — so be sure to see it while you can!
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…
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