Arches National Park – I thought I was tired of rocks – I was wrong!

Father’s Day, Sunday June 18th ~ Moab, Utah

Double Arch – Arches National Park

I didn’t sleep well last night so this post will be short, but littered with pictures. Again the heat wave derailed our hiking plans, but we still got to see a few of the highlight of Arches National Park, and thoroughly enjoyed our day. 

Arches National Park

At Arches National Park Visitor’s Center

“The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.” ~ US National Park Service

Honestly, by the time we got to our fifth National Park in Southern Utah, I was getting tired of seeing rocks. I wanted to see Arches, but my enthusiasm was waning.


Both Tim and I were very pleasantly surprised and actually found this to be one of our favorites. In fact, Tim placed it above Bryce NP. I’m not sure I would go that far, but I certainly found it remarkable. I think if the weather had not been over 100 degrees, and we had been able to hike more, I might have agreed with him.

Skyline Arch

One of my favorites included (you guessed it) another slot canyon. Sand Dune Arch required a short walk on sand, up into a narrow canyon. I was chuckling to myself how many slots we have explored already on this trip – each with its own special flair.

Narrow entrance we squeezed through

Then it opened up to this warm sand box where we actually found two girls making sand castles

And around the corner we saw this stoney arch

Delicate Arch is probably the best know, as it appears on the Utah license plate. The hike was too long to get up under it, we simple gazed from afar.

Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch from the view-point through Tim’s long lens

Balanced Rock is another iconic site

Balanced Rock

I think our favorite was Double Arch. We did the short hike to the base and marveled at the size. In this first picture you can get a pretty good idea of how massive it is compared to the people below.

Double Arch

Gus found it all a bit over-whelming

The last major view-point we stopped at was called Wall Street.

Wall Street

Tim and Joanne at Wall Street

And just some random shots from around the park to show some of the magnificent diversity:

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GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful to be celebrating Father’s Day with a man I love dearly. He has always made me feel safe, cherished and respected. At the same time he has been a role model, mentor, champion, teacher, friend and hero for our son. I can not imagine having chosen any better!

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About Tim and Joanne Joseph

Hi and welcome! We are Tim and Joanne Joseph and we have just embarked on our latest adventure. We hope you will join us!
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44 Responses to Arches National Park – I thought I was tired of rocks – I was wrong!

  1. It is so hot in the Southwest that Phoenix International shut down all departing flights. Ground temperature is higher than planes can withstand.


  2. Terry says:

    Such a beautiful place, now you must return in the cooler weather to explore deeper into these parks.


  3. You are taking the same trip I took a few years ago! Awesome. Arches is my favorite national park anywhere.


  4. joliesattic says:

    I’ve heard that weather is scorching out in those areas. Another blogger I follow was saying it would be 120 in Phoenix today!


  5. joliesattic says:

    BTW Beautiful pictures. Yes, you need a cooler weather visit.


  6. nelson2021 says:

    Arches is one of my favorite parks. I love your pictures – they make me want to head back down there!


  7. tippysmom2 says:

    WOW! Very beautiful, and, as you said, such diverse landscapes in a small area. I love the balanced rocks and arches though. Just amazing.


  8. Candy says:

    Fantastic! Thank you for sharing


  9. Your photos are amazing! I’ve really enjoyed them. Thank you!


  10. corkscot says:

    Nature is beautiful and your pictures are wonderful.


  11. Another amazing place on your adventures. The shot of skyline arch is a beauty.


  12. Love your photos and commentary. We are on a 5 month trek and will be visiting many of the same spots.


  13. nanci dixon says:

    I too thought I was tired of rocks! Told my husband that I didn’t need to see any more rocks after the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, Capital Reef and Canyonland and had intended to just quickly drive through until I saw the first Arch.


  14. Very cool!! I am usually not a huge fan of ‘rock scenery’ like the Grand Canyon, etc., but this is seriously super cool! You should hit up good ol’ Pacific, MO on your journeys sometime! We have lots of conservation areas, green trees, rivers, etc.! ❤


  15. joylennick says:

    My favourite was ‘Delicate Arch’ – it looked like Mummy Arch kissing the top of her rock child…Aaah!. Such is my imagination! As usual, outstanding photographs but such punishing weather.. Phew! All credit to your stamina.


  16. Incredible photos! Thanks for sharing!


  17. Alyssa says:

    Thanks for the like! Looks like you are on a fantastic trip!!


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