Thursday, September 26, 2013

2013 Western Trip – Arches NP

Our first day in Moab was spent in Arches NP and just getting into the park is interesting as it involves a switch-backing road from the valley floor up to the top of the mesa – I couldn’t believe the big tour buses made the trip.  I took 110 shots and tried to boil them down to 20 representative of the park.

While many folks would make arduous hikes to see some of the arches, I found many of the other formations even more fascinating.

Arches and Canyonlands pretty much began the same, as the Colorado Plateau with similar underlying rock structures put down over the eons.  Water pretty much formed the things we now see in each park but where it was rivers in Canyonlands, it was just rain (and ice) in Arches. These days, we would likely have a fleet of guvment experts out there trying to figure out how to stop the erosion from occurring.

I would sum up Arches as a vast erosive desert wasteland containing many scenic wonders continually sculpted by Mother nature over the last 100 million years.  If you disagree with my assessment, consider this. 

The devil made me post that . J

Photos best if enlarged by clicking on them.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


9/13/2013 event date


  1. What an amazing number of carvings and arches. I've never seen anything like it. It does look like a vast wasteland though...

    Glad you've still got your sense of humor after all those miles Larry.

  2. HAHA!! love the last photo!! hehehe I would have posted it too!!!

    I just love rock formations... I never really appreciated the beauty of them until I moved to AZ.

  3. AMAZING photos! Moab is so beautiful. The last photo is funny.

  4. LOL!!! Too funny!!! Your photos are excellent! I've never been to Utah and this is a great travelogue for Moab. Nature causes amazing formations for sure!

  5. Your photos are really spectacular, Larry. I hope you have a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

  6. Larry, Great photos! Love all those rock formations...especially the last one. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  7. We're in Moab now and just spent the day running around Canyonlands. Tomorrow its Arches. I just wish the wind would settle down....I'm eating dirt!

  8. I had to call Alexis over to see these. Fantastic views, Larry, and great pictures!


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