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  • Writer's pictureBrian Childress

Arches National Park - Moab, Utah

Updated: Sep 9, 2021

Arches National Park is a US National Park in eastern Utah. The park is adjacent to the Colorado River, 4 miles north of Moab, Utah. More than 2,000 natural sandstone arches are located in the park including the well-known Delicate Arch, as well as a variety of unique geological resources and formations. The park contains the highest density of natural arches in the world. Delicate Arch is a 52-foot-tall free standing natural arch located in the park near Moab in Grand County, Utah. The arch is the most widely recognized land mark Arches National Park and is depicted on Utah license plates and a postage stamp commemorating Utah's centennial anniversary of admission to the Union in 1996. The Olympic torch relay for the 2002 Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City passed through the arch.

Since this is a US National Park, there were plenty of bathrooms and access to water at different locations to include the Visitor's Center.

Wildlife to expect include deer, bighorn sheep, elk, rabbits, birds, bats, foxes and three kinds of wild cats.

Our experience: We did a Utah Parks tour in 2016 and this park was one of our favorites. The hiking trails and views were incredible. Our personal feeling is that of the five current national parks in Utah, visiting this one is at the top of the list based on the incredible experience of seeing and standing next to these enormous gifts from God (arches) to include the world famous Delicate Arch. The entrance to the park per vehicle is usually around $30 but they do offer military and senior citizen discounts.

Park location and contact:

PO Box 907 Moab, UT 84532

Phone: (435) 719-2299

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