Arches, Canyonlands, and Capital Reef National Parks – Apr, 2016


Delicate Arch – Arches Nat Park, Apr 21, 2016

Delicate Arch in Arches National Park with the La Sal mountains in the background – Img 56839 Delicatearch Arches

 

 

Delicate Arch – Arches Nat Park, Apr 21, 2016

Randy and Karin after the 1.5 mile trip out to Delicate Arch. You can see the La Sal mountains on the Utah-Colorado border in the distance – Img 56841 Delicatearch Arches

 

 

Delicate Arch – Arches Nat Park, Apr 21, 2016

Steve, Margo, and Karin at the base of Delicate Arch – Img 56861 Delicatearch Arches

 

Devil’s Garden Trail – Arches Nat Park, Apr 21, 2016

The sandstone formations in this photo show the stages of how arches are formed. In the center in the distance right below the La Sal mountains, you can see horizontal ”layers” of sandstone that are being eroded from cracks in the sandstone into ”free standing” walls (like the closer one on the left). The wind erosion continues and carves out the center of the ”wall” creating the arch. Erosion eventially wears away the columns and the top of an arch and then it falls. Img 56924 Devilsgarden Arches

 

Landscape Arch – Arches Nat Park, Apr 21, 2016

Landscape Arch has the longest span in Arches Nat Park (290 ft) and can be reached on the Devil’s Garden trail. The commercial jet provided the vapor trail over the arch. – Img 56941 Landscapearch Arches2

 

 

Corona Arch, Apr 22, 2016

The Corona Arch is on BLM land outside Moab and can be reached on a 1.5 mile trail. The arch is about 140 feet across by 105 feet high. To give you a sense of scale, this photo has a person with a red shirt standing under the arch toward the left side. You can find a photo on the internet of a small plane flying through the arch in the 1980’s (presume it was actually done) Img 57061 Moab Blm Coronaarch

 

Bow Tie Arch, Apr 22, 2016

Bow Tie Arch is next to Corona Arch and reached by the same trail. Img 57033 Moab Blm Bowtiearch2

 

Sliprock Paintbrush, Apr 22, 2016

Sliprock Paintbrush (Castilleja chromosa) mixed in with prickly pear cactus along the Corona Arch trail. Also known as desert paintbrush. – Img 57090 Sliprockpaintbrush Moab Blm Coronaarch

 

 

Mesa Arch – Canyonlands National Park, Apr 22, 2016

A view under the Mesa Arch out over Canyonlands and the La Sal mountain range. I had intended to get up and take this as a sunrise photo but could not bring myself to get up that early and drive the hour to get to this spot. Maybe next time. – Img 57134 Mesaarch Canyonlands

 

 

Canyonlands National Park, Apr 22, 2016

A easterly view from the Island in the Sky section of Canyonlands Nat Park. You can see the steep dropoff from the ridge and then a deeper canyon off to the left and the La Sal mountain range on the horizon that is at the border of Utah and Colorado. The hazy sky is from the dust kicked up by the 15-20mph wind we encountered – Img 57156 Canyonlands

 

 

Capitol Reef Nat Park, Apr 23, 2016

Photo from Hwy 24 coming into Capitol Reef from the east – Img 57193 Capitalreef

 

 

Chimney Rock Loop Trail – Capitol Reef Nat Park, Apr 24, 2016

A view westward from the high point of the Chimney Rock loop trail – Img 57308 Capreef Chimneyrocktrail

 

 

Chimney Rock Loop Trail – Capitol Reef Nat Park, Apr 24, 2016

This ”back side” view of the ”Castle” shows the layers of sedimentary rock exposed in Capitol Reef by tectonic uplift: You can see the fractured pink Wingate Sandstone on top above the grey Chinle, above the red Moenkopi formation – Img 57335 Capreef Chimneyrocktrail

 

 

Chimney Rock Loop Trail – Capitol Reef Nat Park, Apr 24, 2016

Img 57347 Capreef Chimneyrocktrail

 

 

Grand Wash trail, Capitol Reef Nat Park – Apr 24, 2016

One way to get to the Cassidy Arch trail, you have to hike a bit down the Grand Wash trail. This canyon cuts through Capitol Reef from Hwy 24 to Scenic Drive – Img 57371 Capreef Cassidyarchtrail

 

 

Cassidy Arch Trail, Capitol Reef Nat Park – Apr 24, 2016

Unusual and colorful rock formations along the Cassidy Arch trail in Capitol Reef Trail – Img 57373 Capreef Cassidyarchtrail

 

 

Cassidy Arch, Capitol Reef Nat Park, Apr 24, 2016

Cassidy Arch is about 670feet above the trailhead and spans 133 feet. The arch is named after the infamous Utah native Butch Cassidy, who supposedly hid out in the Capitol Reef area. The arch is quite thick and you can walk across it (I did!) – Img 57379 Cassidyarchtrail

 

 

Capitol Reef Nat Park – Fruita District, Apr 24, 2016

There is a valley in Capitol Reef National park that once was a Mormon settlement. The valley was sheltered from the wind and had water from the Fremont River. They grew various fruit trees and farmed. The fruit trees are still there and productive. The area was later named Fruita. Img 57416 Capref Fruitadist

 

 

Capitol Reef Nat Park – Fremont River Trail, Apr 24, 2016

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Capitol Reef Nat Park, Fremont River Trail, Apr 24, 2016

View back down the trail from near the end of the Fremont River trail – Img 57451 Capref Fremontrivertrail

 

Links to more photos from this area:

The Wave, Antelope Canyon, Monument Valley 2015

Zion 2012

Zion 2011

Bryce National Park 2011

Antelope Canyon 2010

Zion 2010

Categories: Hikes

3 comments

  1. love it! (Delicate Arch – Arches Nat Park, Apr 21, 2016″ photo)

  2. Wow! Beautiful pictures.

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