Time To Reflect – Arches National Park

It was like being on another planet and as one fellow visitor remarked, “This can’t be real. It’s like we’re having a collective hallucination!” She couldn’t have said a truer word.

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Arches National Park in eastern Utah covers approximately 76,679 acres and contains more than 2,000 natural arches. But the park isn’t just about the arches. Its also about some of the most fantastic rock formations you will ever see.





It’s about the color and texture of these towering sandstone monoliths, at times dark and forbidding, at others alive with vibrant hues. When we arrived at the park it was gloomy but as the day progressed the sun came out and provided a stunning blue sky as backdrop to a world of breathtaking grandeur.

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It’s about the enormity of these bastions of nature that have stood through the centuries, created by a prehistoric upheaval of the earth, blasted by wind and water and fashioned by time into weird and wonderful shapes.





It’s very humbling to walk in the shadow of these titans and sometimes rather scary when you see colossal boulders that have been cast about like some giant’s toy, knowing that any sizeable tremor would most certainly bring more crashing down. More than forty arches have collapsed due to erosion since 1977 so despite their solid appearance even these massive monuments are not impervious to the elements.





But it’s also about the bigger picture; the size and scope of the landscape, the seemingly endless range of hills and mountains with names like Devils Garden, Fiery Furnace and Petrified Dunes that conjure up all manner of wild images.





There are so many other facets to the park that we just didn’t have time to explore such as the flora and fauna of the area so I really hope that we have another chance to visit. This is a photographers paradise!

14 thoughts on “Time To Reflect – Arches National Park

  1. Stunning! The sense of experiencing a “collective hallucination” is something I definitely felt as we traveled through Utah and Arizona — such surreal, grandiose landscapes, and that immense sky over it all. Gorgeous pictures.

    • Thank you! The opportunities for picture-taking appeared at every turn in the road. Thank goodness for digital cameras! I would shudder to think what it would have cost me in film and developing in the old days!

  2. Fantastic photos Sue, of one of the more spectacular aspects of physical geology/geography. Interestingly, the rocks that make up these wonderful rock sculptures were laid down in a desert environment too, but at that time (approx 165 million years ago), the desert consisted of vast sand dunes!! A lot has happened to this area since then, it has been submerged under the sea and since re uplifted and eroded down to what you see today 🙂

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