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Arches National Park

Arches National Park lies north of Moab in the state of Utah. Bordered by the Colorado River in the southeast, it’s known as the site of more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, such as the massive, red-hued Delicate Arch in the east. Long, thin Landscape Arch stands in Devils Garden to the north. Other geological formations include Balanced Rock, towering over the desert landscape in the middle of the park.

Arches National Park

Formed over millennia, the unique features of Arches National Park astonish and delight its many visitors. Find yourself dwarfed amongst the giant archways and delicate rock formations that constantly change with the wind over time.

Arches National Park in Moab offers the largest density of natural sandstone arches in the world. Visitors can enjoy biking, camping, rock climbing, and hiking.

Positioned in a “high desert” with elevations ranging from 4,085 to 5,653 feet above sea level in southeast Utah, Arches National Park contains over 2,000 natural sandstone arches! Throughout the park, rock layers reveal millions of years of deposition, erosion, and other geologic events. A great destination for families, the astounding views will delight adventurers of all ages.

Hikers at Arches National Park can take advantage of a wide variety of trails. Some hikes in Arches take only a couple hours to complete, while others are longer half-day hikes for the intermediate and advanced hiker. For those who prefer to tour by car, there are many scenic driving routes for viewing some of the park’s largest arches, including a drive to one of the most iconic rock formations in the world, the Delicate Arch Viewpoint.

The climate in Arches can be intense, with hot summers, cold winters and very little rainfall. The plants and animals in this park have many adaptations that enable them to survive these conditions and some species are can only be found in this area. Even daily temperatures may fluctuate as much as 50 degrees. It’s important to plan for the season and check local weather conditions and forecasts before you visit.

At first glance, Arches National Park wildlife may seem scarce, but upon further examination, you will discover that wildlife is abundant here. Birds, lizards, and some rodents are the most frequently seen wildlife at Arches. The weather and seasons play a big role in determining what animals are active. Desert animals have a variety of adaptations for dealing with the climate. Most animals are nocturnal, only coming out at night. These include kangaroo rats, foxes, mountain lions, bats and owls.

Other animals are most active at dawn or dusk since these times are cooler than mid-day. These animals include mule deer, coyotes, and black-tailed jackrabbits. A few animals are primarily active during the day, including rock squirrels, chipmunks, lizards, snakes, and eagle

Arches National Park Tourist Attractions – 

• Delicate Arch

• Landscape Arch

• Devil’s Garden

• Balanced Rock

• Double Arch

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