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Arches National Park Utah

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Arches National Park Utah

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Anytime is magical! Most comfortable temperatures in spring and fall. End of summer violent storm and heavy rainfall can occur which quickly causes flash floods.

More than 1.4 million visitors each year and the number is still growing. The most popular months are from March to October. Delicate Arch is the most famous one. Often there are more than hundred people and even more at sunset. Winter is great without crowds, but can be very cold. If you have snow trails can get slippery.

To avoid crowds and to get your car parked arrive early morning or even better late afternoon when temps are getting cooler. Morning and evening are best times to photograph.

TIP: If you want to avoid 100 degree temps but still enjoy comfortable weather go April, May or September, October. In September, it gets less crowded after Labor Day. Again, crowded in October at the Utah Education Association break
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United States, Moab, Utah
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Amazing natural arches and surreal landscape where you have to hike to. The arches are not visible from the road. Roads are mostly paved and can get crowded in peak summer months.

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There are more than 2000 arches in the park. The origin started more than 65 million years ago, when the area was a dry seabed. The arches are made out of sandstone. The park receives not much rain but unfortunately, it’s enough to let erosion work at this kind of sandstone. Every arch will collapse someday like the Wall Arch on August 4 in 2008. Landscape Arch could be the next famous one.

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Jan 20, 2016

The second night photo looks like Homer Simpson blowing stars into the sky...right place at the right time.

Jan 20, 2016

this is the Whale Eye arch...its a 4 wheel drive to get there but well worth the effort...best at sunset.

Jan 20, 2016
Ray your pictures are fantastic! Arches National Park is a breathtaking hiking destination. We had been there once in May 2000 long time ago but I will never forget this beautiful arches and landscape. You get a map at the visitor center for the location of the different arches. Most hikes are short and you combine different arches in one hike. We watched a wedding at Delicate Arch where I really got touched. Although most of the roads are paved I recommend a 4 WD. Canyonlands are close to Moab which you shouldn't miss.
Jan 24, 2016

Here is one of Delicate Arch...off season is best because there can be 100 people at the arch during the summer. I think the second one is Turret arch through the North Window.

Jan 30, 2016

I love those pics with snow covered rocks. Which months have the best chance of snow @Ray?

Jan 31, 2016

I was there in January but February is also good...but it varies from year to year. Best to call ahead and make sure. If you have snow make sure to bring the shoe spikes as the hike to Delicate Arch can be really bad with snow and ice. And dress very warm...once you stop moving it gets really cold...especially at sunset.

May 10, 2016

Amazing area. Humans first left sign in Arches there about 10000 years ago.

Jan 30, 2017

We visited Arches in April with pleasant temperatures. Don't miss Fiery Furnace, it's not a marked trail. A guided ranger hike or a day use permit is necessary. Exploring a labyrinth of narrow sandstone canyons was quite adventurous.