Arches National Park {Utah}

(photo:: us-parks.com)

When people think of Utah, their first thought is of Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. This iconic arch is the largest standing arch in the world. The inner part of the arch reaches 46 feet high and 32 feet wide. You cannot see Delicate Arch from the main road through the park, you have to make the 3 mile hike to see it in all of its glory. And for this trail especially, the earlier you get there in the morning- the better. Not only for amazing views but also far less people.

And while Delicate Arch is incredible, it is only a small part of this amazing park. On our last trip to Arches we didn’t even make it to Delicate Arch. Instead we spent a couple of days hiking around the Fiery Furnace area and the area around Double Arch. But the truth is, it doesn’t matter what trail you take because you will be rewarded with amazing sites everywhere you look. There is no end to the beauty of this red rock country and each visit will just make you want to come again and again to discover all of the beautiful secrets that it holds.

{Know if you go: Because Arches is so popular, you want to be there as early in the morning as possible to avoid the crazy traffic going through the park. I would recommend going in cooler weather and avoid the summertime because between the heat and the crowds it takes away from the experience. The park is huge so be sure to get a trail map from the visitor center so you know how to get around. Go to Delicate Arch- it is amazing- but also check out some of the other trails too.}

For more info and trail guides to Arches go to:: https://www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm

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