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Published: September 15th 2013
Arches National Park is phenomenal. All along the 18-mile road from the entrance, sheer cliffs, spires, pinnacles, freestanding walls, and other unusual rock formations surrounded us. In what was once a large shallow inland sea, 100 million years of erosion has created this fantastic landscape. Many of the rock groupings have interesting names, like Park Avenue, named for the remarkable resemblance to skyscrapers, in NYC.
The iconic arch that appears on anything to do with Utah was unfortunately inaccessible today due to recent floods that wiped out the road. Disappointed at first, we soon recovered as we took in all the sights around us. As the name of this park suggests, there are plenty of arches to behold.
This quote from southwestern writer Ed Abbey sums it up: “This is a landscape that has to be seen to be believed - - and even then, confronted directly by the senses, it strains credulity.”
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