Friday, August 19, 2011

Road Trip Report 11: Arches National Park Photo Essay

To quote my daughter: "This is cooler than Monument Valley."

Some whining from my sons was involved because we were "hiking again" until they realized the arches offered climbing opportunities. All of a sudden, they were totally engaged with the place. Here Turret Arch on the Windows Trail.

A lone succulent survives in the gravely ground by the Windows.

South Window seen from the Primitive Trail where a little serenity might be found - the crowds tend to hop out of their car, stand under an arch and then drive on.

My kids climbing up under the South Window.

Delicate Arch of Utah license plate fame - as seen from the viewpoint. Getting closer would have meant a 3 hour hike in 95 degree heat.

I loved these verdigris hills - green earth from mineral deposits.

Sand Dune Arch - the only trail where flip flops are appropriate because you wade through drifts of corral sand in between cool rock walls to reach it.

The split in the rock on the way to Sand Dune Arch - one of the few cool places in an otherwise blazingly hot park.


  1. Cool pictures. Maybe I can get out there one day. I hope.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Loved, loved, loved the photos. Brought back memories of hiking in Arizona. Thanks for posting. And looking forward to seeing you in October.

  3. I can almost see the heat in the pictures. Imagine the same red rock country on a cool late afternoon in March, after a rainstorm has saturated its colors.

  4. Thoroughly enjoying "your" summer vacation. The photographs are beautiful!

  5. Gorgeous. You really took some fabulous photos!

  6. Evren - yes, you are right, the heat is almost visible, and I'd love to see all this in the milder light of spring or fall. Alas, the kids don't have vacation then...

    Cheryel, Jennie, Angela, The Desert Rocks, Natalie - thanks for letting me know that you enjoyed the pictures - it's been fun to share the trip with all my readers. But you must get out there for yourself!