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2014 – Arches National Park, Utah

100_2653.JPG We arrived at this amazing park about noon, stopped at the visitor center, picked up a map then headed out. Be sure to bring drinking water or empty bottles and fill them at the visitor’s center.

P5029315.JPG We drove the 18 mile road and stopped at every major pull out. We saw arches, windows, sandstone fins and balanced rocks. We enjoyed seeing every thing and tried to capture it all with photos. One of the last stops was Delicate Arch.  Our view from the lookout point was wonderful.

P5029277.JPG At one stop we took a free Ranger tour and learned the history of the park, the geological history, and how plants such as the yucca and Juniper  and piñon trees were used by the indigenous people. It was very interesting walk although one place was a scramble and I need a hand to climb up it. I recommend taking at least one Ranger led tour.

An exciting moment happened early on as we were chatting with a Canadian couple when someone glided off some rocks across from us which is illegal here in the park.

It did get warm in the afternoon so I would recommend an early start. Every one should visit this park at least once.

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