Natural Desert Arch

Photography / Sunday, May 27th, 2012

There is a pressurized salt bed underneath the sandstone that originally helped create this arch and other structures of Arches National Park.  The movement of the salt bed, combined with water seepage and ice expansion (probably wind too), eventually formed the amazing red rock landscape of Arches National Park.  Featured here is landscape arch, which only a few years ago lost a large piece of itself. When you visit the arch, there is an information board that shows a photo of the rock falling down.  My photo is post “weight-loss.”

With over 2,000 arches and plentiful climbing, hiking, and camping opportunities it’s a must see for all US travelers.  If you’re from elsewhere, Arches is still worth the visit – since it has “the greatest density of natural arches in the world.”

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