Arches National Park

We spent all day in Arches National Park on Friday, March 2, 2012. Our first stop was at the Three Gossips and then Balanced Rock followed by the North and South Windows as well as Turret Arch. Next we trekked up to Double Arch and the surrounding caverns. After Double, we took a tour of the northern section of the park stopping off to check out Fiery Furnace because we signed up for a guided hike through the labrynth of canyons and spires. We then headed for the three mile hike up to Delicate Arch followed with a shorter hike to Sand Dune Arch. We capped off our day by catching sunset at the Garden of Eden and then heading back to the Moab Brewery for dinner and drinks. Saturday we will hike the Fiery Furnace and then head toward Zion.

The Three Gossips tower above the surrounding area inside Arches National Park on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

Rock formations balance on the top of a hillside inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

Water has carved patterns on the rock faces inside Arches National Park in Utah.

 

One of the many spires inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

Long grass grows amongst the spires inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

A boulder balances on a stone spire inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

One of the many spires inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

A low lying tree seems to mimic Balanced Rock inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

Leaves cling to branches beneath Balanced Rock inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

A panoramic view of the Windows section of Arches National Park in Utah as the Lasal Mountains rise in the background on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

A view of Balanced Rock inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

A view of Balanced Rock inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

A bird perches on one of the boulders inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

Balanced Rock inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

A view of Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

A view of Double Arch inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

A view of Turret Arch in Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

A view of Turret Arch in Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

The North Window in Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

A view of Turret Arch from the North Window inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

A view of Turret Arch from the North Window inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

A view of the North Window inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

Clouds streak across Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

Ice and snow cover parts of the North Window inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

A view of the South Window inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

The North and South Windows inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

Hikers walk along the North Window inside Arches National Park on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

A view of the Turret Arch inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

A view of the Turret Arch inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

A log lays in front of Double Arch in Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

A view of the Double Arch inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

Cracks in the fins surrounding Double Arch will eventually form new arches inside Arches National Park in Utah.

 

Visitors to Arches National Park in Utah walk along Double Arch on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

Double Arch inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

Double Arch inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

Cracks in the fins surrounding Double Arch will eventually form new arches inside Arches National Park in Utah.

 

A student from BYU takes a breather in the sun near the caverns next to Double Arch inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012. This photo was taken at the top of the right cavern in the previous photo.

 

Double Arch inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

The Fiery Furnace inside Arches National Park is a labrynth of twists and turns amongst miles of rock spires on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

The trail leading to Delicate Arch traverses over rock faces and raises 480 feet in elevation.

 

A pool of water reflects the sky along the trail to Delicate Arch inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

Richard Phillips hikes the trail to Delicate Arch inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

The trail leading to Delicate Arch traverses over rock faces and raises 480 feet in elevation. The path towards the top skirts around a ledge with a 60 to 80 foot drop off.

 

Visitors to Arches National Park in Utah explore Delicate Arch on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

The Delicate Arch inside Arches National Park in Utah frames part of the Lasal Mountains on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

The Delicate Arch inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

The sun starts to set over the Delicate Arch inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

The Delicate Arch inside Arches National Park in Utah frames part of the Lasal Mountains on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

The sun starts to set over the Delicate Arch inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

The trail leading to Delicate Arch traverses over rock faces and raises 480 feet in elevation. The path towards the top skirts around a ledge with a 60 to 80 foot drop off.

 

Richard Phillips hikes down the trail from Delicate Arch inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

A bush grows from cracks in the boulders along the Delicate Arch trail at Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

The sun starts to set over Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

Snow meltoff flows down a wash inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

The trail to Sand Dune Arch inside Arches National Park in Utah makes its way through a stone fin on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

A tree grows along the trail to Sand Dune Arch as it winds through a stone fin in Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

The Sand Dune Arch inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

A view of some of the large fins inside Arches National Park near Sand Dune Arch on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

Hikers pass through a fin on the trail from Sand Dune Arch inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

The sun starts to set over Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

The sun starts to set over the Garden of Eden inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

The sun starts to set over the Garden of Eden inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

The sun starts to set over the Garden of Eden inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

The moon is visible as the sun sets against the Garden of Eden inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

The moon is visible as the sun sets against the Garden of Eden inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

The moon is visible as the sun sets against the Garden of Eden inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

The sun starts to set over the Garden of Eden inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

 

The sun starts to set over the Garden of Eden inside Arches National Park in Utah on Friday, March 2, 2012.

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