ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, Utah (Revisited)

It’s another visit to Arches National Park.  We’ve been here twice a couple of years ago. This is our third, our goal is to take photos of the Landscape Arch in Arches National Park and the Mesa Arch in Canyonlands.  We only have a day to visit the two parks.

Arches National Park is located on the Colorado River 6km North of Moab, Utah. It is known for containing over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch. The park is located just outside Moab, Utah, and is 76,359 acres in area. Its highest elevation is 5,653 feet at Elephant Butte, and its lowest elevation is 4,085 feet at the Visitor Center. 43 arches are known to have collapsed since 1977.

Landscape Arch is in the Devils Garden section of Arches National Park. Landscape Arch in Arches National Park is one of the longest natural arch in the world, with a span of 290.1ft (88.4m).  Landscape Arch is an arc natural arch eroded in Entrada sandstone. Arc natural arches are considered old and near the end of their lifecycle. The Natural Arch and Bridge Society warn that the arch could collapse at any time without warning.

On September 1, 1991, a 73-foot slab of rock fell out from underneath the thinnest section of the span. This was captured on video by a Swiss tourist who happened to be behind the arch at the time. 

On June 5, 1995, a 47-foot mass of rock fell from the front of the thinnest section of the arch, followed by another 30-foot rock fall on June 21. Due to these events hiking trail underneath the arch have been closed for safety reasons.  (information: from NABS)

 

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While waiting for sunset 🙂

 

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Landscape Arch, Arches Natioal Park

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