Arches National Park is home to 2,000 arches! These arches are formed by the erosive and sculpting forces of water and ice working on the different layers of stone (mainly sandstone).
In Arches National Park, we did a lot of hiking. And while I don’t count myself as a wimp, I will say that it was challenging for me! The elevation climbs, the heat and sun, with no shade to speak off, the rock scrambling and sheer miles was a challenge. (Also, the stress of my children walking on cliffs with sheer drop-offs.) Bryce wanted to see as many arches as we could, so hiking was the answer! Cairns marked most of the trails.
Our first hike was out to Double O arch and in order to get there we passed the famous Landscape Arch. It looks so delicate! In fact, a Ranger told us that he thinks Landscape Arch and Delicate Arch accidentally traded names at one point!
We also took spur trails to see Navajo Arch and Partician Arch. At over five miles this hike was a whopper in the heat so afterwards we went in to Moab, got some ice cream and spent some quality time in their charming bookstore.
We also explored the Window Section of the park. The Double Arch was one of everyone’s favorites.
The trees here are an absolute wonder. The Juniper Trees live for thousands of years! They even cut off water supply to certain branches so that the rest of the tree may live.
Friday evening, we took a Ranger guided hike into the Fiery Furnace. The only way to hike this area is by permit or with a Ranger. (The hikes fill up so we made sure to sign up as soon as we rolled into to town.) This hike was really fun as there were lots of tight squeezes, scooting on our bums, and generally scrambling up and over rocks! Of course, Harris loved it.
Fiery Furnace Area