Monday, November 7, 2011

Day 134: Arches National Park, Moab, Utah

Utah is something else!.  There's probably more parks here than any state and they're really close together.  Incredible canyons and rock formations mostly in reddish sandstone so the parks all look similar but are dramatically different.  Pretty sure whoever the cartoonist was that did the Roadrunner cartoons got his inspiration here.  We could've spent a month in the area, but sorta sped through (thinking we had less time than we did).

So, after Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef and Canyonlands, we went to Arches National Park outside Moab, Utah

Angie loves Arches!

"Tunnel Arch"

"Pine Tree Arch"

"Landscape Arch"
Visitors are no longer allowed to get close to this arch because a large chunk fell from it 20 years ago.

Someone actually caught the collapse on film!

"Skyline Arch"

"Sand Dune Arch"

"Delicate Arch"


"South Window"

"Turret Arch"

Geology!  So, as mentioned in a previous entry, Utah is ancient sea bed.  Millions of years of salt and sediment built up and after millions of additional years of erosion, we get the rock formations.

"Elephant Parade"
Stare at this for a minute and you'll start seeing the elephants.

These two are pretty obvious but the more you look the more you see.

And last but not least, "Balanced Rock".  How that thing is still up there we have no idea!

Next up.....more familiar faces!!

1 comment:

  1. So awesome!! Remember when y'all first started planning this trip and I said "GO TO UTAH!!" It is such an amazing lunar-y place. Stop rushing! :)