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Arches National Park

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Arches National Park is located in the western United States in the east part of the state of Utah.  The national park boundaries encompass an area of 119.8 square miles (310.3 sq km) and run along the Colorado River.

The park is part of the Colorado Plateau with a high desert biosphere.  The elevation ranges from 4,085 feet (1,245 m) to 5,653 feet (1,723 m) at Elephant Butte which is the highest point of the park.  Elephant Butte is a picturesque sandstone rock formation rising above the surrounding area.

Arches National Park is renowned for the over 2,000 naturally occurring sandstone arches found within the park.  The most famous is Delicate Arch which reaches a height of 52 feet (16 m).  There are numerous rock formation attractions found within the park.

Balanced Rock, Courthouse Towers, Dark Angel, Devils Garden, and Double Arch are just some of the many targeted attractions of the park.  Fiery Furnace is a scenic area of narrow passages surrounded by towers of rock similar to a sandstone created maze.


The naturally occurring sandstone arches are the highlight of the national park.  The most renowned is Delicate Arch, but with over 2,000 arches and rock formations, there is an abundance of nature’s art on display.

Hiking is the best way to experience the outdoors but touring, biking, backpacking, and canyoneering are all popular ways to explore Arches National Park.  Climbing on the arches and certain rock formations like Balanced Rock is forbidden.

Arches National Park Trails

There are several trails through the national park that allow you to experience the abundance of arches in a more personal way.

Arches Highlights

  • Delicate Arch
  • Balanced Rock
  • Double Arch
  • Skull Arch



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