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Travel: Arches National Park, Utah

By Robert Ellis

Our itinerary for this trip allowed for a couple days at Arches National Park. On our first day of traveling we passed close to Arches...and while it was very tempting to swing by and visit, we held to our plans...that visit would happen later in the week. While the peak season had ended, the park was still closing the gates between 9-2 due to heavy visitation, so we would have to possibly do a plan "b" for our visit. Plan "b" allows for visitors to enter before they open or after they close the gates. In the end it worked out nicely as we were able to enter during normal times.

Arches was probably one our most favorite parks in Utah. But then again each of Utah's national parks are so different from each other, and wonderful, it becomes difficult to put them in some kind of rank order.

A few words about Arches from the Park Service Website:
A Red-Rock Wonderland
Discover a landscape of contrasting colors, land forms, and textures unlike any other. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive rock fins, and giant balanced rocks. This red-rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.


Note: We'll be posting photos from Robert's latest trip over the couple of days. Bookmark this page for more photos, and links to the other installments. --Pen

More from this trip:
Robert's previous trip out West:
You can purchase prints of Robert's photos, plus his unique wood cutting boards and related wares at his online store: foodiebords.etsy.com.


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Travel: Arches National Park, Utah



2022-11-13 - Moab, UT - Photo By Robert Ellis, Robert Ellis Woodworking.
Robert writes, "The National Park Service calls Arches 'A Red-Rock Wonderland'. I'm in 100% agreement with that statement. Seems like every few miles there are some new, out of this world, landscapes for your eyes to gaze upon. Even if there were no arches at this park, the colors, ever changing scenery and mind boggling rock formations should entice folks to place this National Park high on their bucket list. We explored the Park for two days...a few more would have been better!"

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Travel: Windows Arch



2022-11-14 - Arches National Park, Utah - Photo by Robert Ellis, Robert Ellis Woodworking.
Robert writes, "This is called the 'Windows' Arch. Photography in Utah can be brutal since most of the time it's blue skies and harsh sunlight conditions. But I was aware of a trail behind this Arch and used it to block out the sun. The folks inside one of the windows helps add to the enormity of this rock formation."

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Travel: Balanced Rock in Arches National Park



2022-11-14 - Arches National Park, Utah - Photo by Robert Ellis, Robert Ellis Woodworking.
Robert writes, "Arches sports numerous 'Balanced Rocks.' However, this one is the most famous. It's in the vicinity of the 'Window's Arches'. It is a very easy trail from the parking area. From where I'm standing on the trail to take this pic, a lot of folks will usually align themselves up with the rock and arms in the air, while someone takes a pic of them...creating the illusion of them lifting and holding the rock up. That was kinda entertaining to watch."

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Travel: Delicate Arch



2022-11-15 - Arches National Park, Utah - Photo by Robert Ellis, Robert Ellis Woodworking.
Robert writes, "Delicate Arch, possibly one of the most famous Arches in the World. Utah has it for its logo on their license plate. It was included in our pre-planning to visit this Arch. One small problem...it's a 3 mile round trip from the parking lot with an elevation gain of nearly 500 feet. Determination was in the drivers seat that day and we did it! To add to the excitement, the parking lot fills up rather quickly in the morning, so it was a priority to get their as early as we could to get a spot. It is a popular Arch for sunrise and sunset photography.

It's a wonderful hike if you're physically able to do it. It's almost always crowded, and unseen in the photo a line forms to the left to get their picture taken standing under the Arch. The 'bowl' to the right is very steep and deep, and would certainly be unforgiving if you slide into it. Behind me is a ledge, 3-4 feet high, hundred feet long, I'm guessing, about half of the visitors are too scared to venture beyond it. Most sit on the ledge, and take a break of water and snacks before the descent back to the parking lot."

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Travel: Landscape near Delicate Arch



2022-11-16 - Arches National Park, Utah - Photo by Robert Ellis, Robert Ellis Woodworking.
Robert writes, "This landscape scene was along a short hiking area from a second parking lot for Delicate Arch. Folks that aren't able to make the 3 mile hike to the Arch can drive to this second parking lot where the backside of the Arch is fully visible, about a mile away."

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