Arches National Park

Arches National Park is a United States national park in Grand County, Southeastern Utah. The park is a red and dry desert interposed with sandstone forms like fins, spires, balanced rocks, pinnacles and arches that have unusually eroded. The park includes the world’s biggest collection natural stone arches and with an area of 73,000 acres, protects more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches like the Delicate Arch and many unusual rock foundations.

The Park’s prominent features include a large balancing rock and a compilation of tall stone columns. The Dark Angel (a 150 foot sandstone pillar), the Delicate Arch (a single standing Arch) and the Devil’s Garden which has numerous columns and arches spread along a ridge. There are also the Double Arch (two arches with a joint end) and the Fiery Furnace (high rock columns and confusing thin passages). The Landscape Arch (has a distance of 290 feet), the Petrified Dunes, are remnants of sand dunes and the Wall Arch near the Devil’s Garden Trail which collapsed last August 2008.

The Park is open 24 hours a day while the visitor center is open from 8:30am – 4:30pm. The park welcomes visitors the whole year, except on December 25. Visitors can hike around explore the features of the park.

Although naturally quiet, the Arches has a lot of animal life. Just like its neighbor the Canyonlands National Park, most of the wildlife at Arches National Park is not visible to visitors. Lizards are not easily spotted while mule deer can be seen roaming around the vegetation.