This is how The Arches National Park greeted us!!
We got up the next morning and drove to Arches National Park to spend the day. We drove through, took several hikes, culminating in the shorter hike to Delicate Arch.
Home to more than 2,000 natural stone arches, Arches National Park boasts a higher density of natural arches than anywhere else in the world. The park is located right next to the Colorado River in eastern Utah, and most visitors will spend at least some of their time here driving or cycling along the scenic 18-mile road that winds its way through the park. There are also a number of hiking trails that range from 15 minutes to 5 hours, and ranger-led tours are offered during the spring, summer, and fall. Rock climbing is permitted on selected routes.
Next day we started for Arches national park. After watching the views from my flight I did not have any great expectations from the trip. I was just happy with the fact that m doing a road trip with my friend but the four hour trip to the national park really got me interested in Utah. It has such beautiful landscapes I could possibly not imagine. The drive was surprising with astounding views. There is no entry fee in arches national park and it can be visited with car. It has a lot of hikes of all levels. I'm not a regular hiker and neither is my friend so we chose some of the easy hikes and had super fun doing those. The views are far far away from my definition of beautiful places. I think nature has a lot to offer and we can truly expand our horizons by traveling and seeing places from our own eyes. I was surprised by seeing huge mountains and rocks. When I read about how these giant structures are created, that was even more interesting. Millions of years ago there used to be a sea at that place then after that it used to be a very dense forest which was dinosaur's habitat and now I was standing looking at a beautiful desert in front of me with no trace of human just gigantic mountains and unusual colored stones. Nature is beautiful and every single stone has a wonderful story to tell that how it has been created and why it has specific colors and structures. It's wonderful to see and read about that. I loved la sal mountains view point, Delicate arch, panorama point and balanced rock. So this is the story of arches national park. They give a very sorted map, it has all the points marked so roaming in the park is really easy. There are so many paved and unpaved trails so as per the type of adventure one is looking for any trail can be selected.
5. ARCHESJust across the road from the majestic Canyonlands national park, Arches hits our top five purely for the impressive natural phenomena which earned the park its name. With over 2000 naturally formed arches dotting its already astounding boulder strewn desert plains, this park seems to defy gravity with huge stone bridges stretching seemingly impossible distances.With a sparse, desert landscape, the sandy rock here is eroded over thousands of years to form the famous arches. These formations are collapsing and forming even today with the most recent collapse being Wall arch, which tumbled down in 2008.Even with the town of Moab only five minutes from the park entrance, the park is still a remarkable place from which to view the night sky. On a cloudless night the milky way can be seen easily and the stars are so bright that they seem to twinkle constantly. Although Bryce Canyon boasts some of the darkest night skies in the continental US, Arches is definitely a place for star gazers to get lost in the cosmos.Out of the thirteen national parks we visited, we decided the above five to be our favourite due to the varied landscape and scenery provided by each. Each and every park we visited was incredibly different and we enjoyed our time in every one. If you have the time to explore the national parks in the western USA, then you will be spoilt for choice!If this post had been a top ten instead of a favourite five, we would have had no problem filling all ten slots. For that reason we have decided to give an honourable mention to the parks that just missed out on making our list. Joshua Tree NP in southern California was the setting for one of the most magical sunsets we have ever seen. Also, getting that perfect picture at Grand Tetons NP where iconic mountains tower over reflective lakes and sweeping grass plains was worth the visit in itself. Finally, the geology of Bryce Canyon NP, with its precarious hoodoos created one of the most surreal environments that we encountered on our travels.How many of the USA’s national parks have you explored? Which parks were your favourites? We would love to hear from you, let us know if there’s a place you believe should be on our list!