Arches National Park

 

DELICATE ARCH

Arches National Park is the product of millions of years of exposure to ice, water and extreme temperatures….as well as underground salt deposits that have helped shape the sandstone formations throughout the park.  The park is always changing, albeit very slowly, and even today, the effects of the environment impact almost every aspect of the park on a daily basis. 

Arches National Park is home to the most exquisite natural sandstone arches …over 2000 of them ranging from three feet to as much as 300 feet, but the park also contains other formations that are a result of the elements.  As time passes, new arches will form, while others will collapse and disappear.  

History has left its mark within the park as archaic people, followed by the ancestral Pueblo, Fremont and Ute Indians and then the more modern American Indians have lived there over time.   They hunted in the region, built houses and tried to survive within what is now the parkland.  Pictographs and petroglyphs are signs of their being there, as the artifacts found within the park indicate how they once lived.  

Still later the white man came looking for minerals, stone and found the soil good for feeding the cattle and horses.  They also settled in what is now the park and have left buildings that were once the homes of these settlers.  

 

The pictures on this page from the top are of Delicate Arch sitting on the edge of a great canyon, the beautiful Park Avenue trail that is at the base of huge canyon with walls representing the tall buildings along New York’s famous Park Avenue, and the spectacular Windows and Turret Arches.  I have also included pictures of some of the wild flowers found in the park, but their names may forever remain a mystery.