Arches National Park... A First for Us

We love seeing things for the first time and this detour was unbelievable.

Described as "a red rock wonderland", our visit to Arches had us discovering a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. We were mesmerized from the moment we entered the park.

We lucked out by getting the last campsite in the Devil's Garden Campground. It couldn't have been a more perfect location for our exceptional explore.

While the temperatures exceeded 90°, we still meandered through arches and various terrains to get a real feel for this fabulous place.

We were delighted to discover flowers still in bloom. Desert annuals like grasses and wildflowers are adapted to the arid environment in many different ways. These include thick, waxy coverings on leaves and stems which reduce exposure and thus evaporative water loss; small leaves which reduce water loss while the plant transpires or “breathes” and receive less solar radiation; and deep taproots to reach further into the soil or shallow widespread roots that absorb surface water quickly. All allowing us to see their beauty even in the hot end of summer. Wow.

We had the perfect end to a fantastic day. As the sun began to set and the stars put on their breathtaking evening spectacle, we both knew that this first wouldn't be a last.

“Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.” 
― Dr. Seuss

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Karen Booth said...

I know you've been cross country so many times, I'm always amazed at the new adventures you have. It looks like a Disney recreation (since that is my frame of reference). More awesome sights and photos ended with wine :)

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