Arches National Park consists of over 1800 large sandstone arches. It also offers a plethora of camping sites, day hikes, and overlooks that have been the backdrop in countless movies and commercials.
The San Juan River winds around the park, attracting a variety of wildlife. The Glen Canyon Dam can be seen in the distance providing hydroelectric power for many people in southern Utah and northern Arizona.
Arches National Park consists of four areas including the park's main section, the rest of the central part of its boundary, another part to the south, and a small portion to the west.
The main section is located in Utah and consists of 18 large sandstone arches that make up what is called by locals "the park". Each arch is unique and has its own story. One arch sits at the opening for a canyon, another is so perfectly balanced that it could be used as a model to demonstrate conservation at any university.
There are five main areas within the main section, including The Windows, North Park, Delicate Arch Viewpoint, Devils Garden and the Fiery Furnace.
At The Windows, the area is a cluster of 11 arches sitting on the skyline of the park. The largest arch is known as Delicate Arch and sits in the centre of the group. To discuss its size further would be to downplay its grandeur.
The North Park is a large area where visitors can find some of the most popular arches in the park. The best-known arch is the Arch of the Sky, which can be seen from almost anywhere in the park.
The Delicate Arch Viewpoint includes an array of arches and rock formations that make up one of many areas at Arches National Park. The main feature is the Delicate Arch, which stands out on its own.
The Devils Garden is an area of Arches National Park that includes a group of large arches including Landscape and North Arches. The most popular arch at this location is the Double Arch which can be seen on promotional material from the park.
The Fiery Furnace is another popular area within the park that includes petroglyphs, ancient drawings and etchings that were left by Native Americans that lived in the area thousands of years ago. This section also includes a larger than an average number of arches.
The southern part of the park is located in Utah and has some of the most popular sites in the park such as Delicate Arch, The Jewel Box, Landscape Arch, and White House.
Visitors can find three different viewpoints from which to view these arches. From one vantage point, no fewer than five arches are visible. Another view provides a similar number of arches but provides more incredible scenery. One last viewpoint features a spectacular vantage point that will mystify visitors since it is literally hundreds of feet above the ground where they stand.
Movies have been made at this location including "Close Encounters of the Third Kind". Recently Stephen Spielberg filmed "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" here.
Landscape Arch is considered to be the longest span natural arch in the world and is over tall. It is also known as "Old Faithful" because it tends to look like a geyser when hit by the sun. This area has a large number of arches that are easily viewed from above, making this a favourite destination for photographers and hikers alike.
White House Ruins are located at the highest point in Arches National Park and visitors can hike up from many locations within the park. This ruin was once a homestead abandoned by Wilfred Keysor who claimed to have visited back in 1912 only to find his house destroyed.
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