Family Day Trip to Arches National Park

A trip to Utah resulted in a day trip to Arches National Park. This is a quick summary of our short visit.

I added to my Roadside Geology book library as we entered the park. Then, after only one and a half trips through the lot, we lucked out finding parking at Wolfe Ranch and hiked to Delicate Arch. Somehow we managed to get off the path near the arch and had to backtrack. As we approached the top, many encouraged us, “It’s worth it!” They were right.

We took lots of pictures of the arch, ourselves, and even others. When a couple does the perfect jump, I had to record it and make an animated gif. :-)

Jump shot

Being hiked out, we stopped at Salt Valley Overlook and found a boomerang. We drove to the Garden Trailhead and stopped at Skyline Arch for a short hike and lots more pictures.

On our way back to the park entrance, we stopped at Balanced Rock, Courthouse Towers Viewpoint, La Sal Mountains Viewpoint, and some viewpoint just over the visitors’ center. I had to stop multiple times to take even more pictures of the sandstone cliffs as their massiveness spoke to me. :-)

All in all, a great, quick trip to Arches. We’re looking forward to our next visit.

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