We left Green River for the short drive to Arches and quickly found out that we were not the only ones that had decided to visit the park that day. We waited in line for about 45 minutes before gaining access through the entrance station. (Note to self: Arrive before 9:00 a.m. to avoid the lines.) We suspected our day exploring the park would be worth the wait and we were definitely not disappointed. It was loaded with so many check-the-box photo opportunities.
The park is home to over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, in addition to a variety of unique geological formations. It contains the highest density of natural arches in the world.
With so much to see and do, we decided the best approach was to use our vehicle and hit as many scenic overlooks as possible. The layout of the park involves a long, winding road from the entrance station to the Devil’s Garden with a couple of spurs along the way. There are numerous hiking trails to explore to gain closer access to sites, but our schedule limited our opportunity for hiking.
As we toured the park, we were constantly in awe of Mother Nature’s beauty. The arches and rock formations were spectacular.
Highlights of our tour included the iconic Delicate, Landscape and Double Arches.
We were also impressed with the diversity of plant life in the high desert. We saw red, orange, yellow, purple and white flowering plants along the way and an abundance of gnarled evergreen trees and cacti.
We barely put a dent on the list of 2,000 arches, but managed to have an amazing day.