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More photos from Arches National Park can be found on my website.

I can’t help but think this is the parks salute to our so called president.

This is one of of my favorite shots. Balanced Rock with a dark sky in the background.

A piece of wood found along the trail.

A view from the Primitive Trail overlooking the Park.

View from the trail to Pine Tree Arch.

Park Avenue is one of the first turnouts when entering the park.

Indian Paintbrush was one of the few flowers blooming in the park.

Fiery Furnace is one of the great hikes in the park. Unfortunately the park did not have staff available for tours.

View from the Broken Arch Trail.

This Raven was waiting for us at the car as we were preparing to leave the Park.

After the long Primitive Trail Hike the day before we decided to hike up to Delicate Arch in the morning. It was cooler and made even more so by a strong breeze. When we first drove into the parking lot I noticed someone carrying a wedding dress. The last time I was at Delicate Arch a wedding had taken place.

More photos from Arches National Park can be found on my website.

Our first stop was the Wolfe Ranch where we stopped for a few photos before heading on to Delicate Arch. I think the HGTV crowd would consider it a gut job although it probably would bring several hundred thousand in the California real estate market.

The first part of the trail was well marked and relatively flat.

Even early in the morning there were quite a few people making the hike and the parking lot was almost full when we arrived.

Lots of cairns marking the trail although since there was a sign at the spot they really weren’t needed.

The last part of the trail looked to me like a freeway but my wife was sticking close to the inside of the trail.

The morning is not the best time to photograph Delicate Arch but we were more interested in the hike than the photography. It is almost impossible to photograph the Arch without getting people in the photograph.

As we neared end of the hike I noticed the bride changing into her wedding dress. She not only carried the dress up but a changing tent. The wind was really blowing and my wife was concerned that the dress would act like a sail and she would blow off of the mountain. The bridegroom was no where to be found and I found that the bride was just up at the arch for pictures.

In the late afternoon there is a great view of Delicate Arch from this small arch along the trail. Notice my wife is still hugging the inside on the way down. I got the impression she doesn’t hike heights.

A little later in the morning and there was a steady stream of people going to and from the Arch. When we stopped to take the photo we ran into a hike we had met on the Primitive Trail the day before. He helped me down a steep stretch of trail. I carried my tripod with the camera mounted the entire hike and I needed both hands free to get down one section. His son had been sick and was still sick so he was hiking alone. We were encounter him one more time on our trip. We were driving over to Bryce National Park a couple of days later and had stopped at a pull off to take some photos. He happened to be at the same pull off.

 

We stopped along the trail to photograph some rock art.

Once we were back in the car we drove about another mile along the road and hiked up to a couple of viewpoints with some good morning views of the Arch with the sun in the background. On the last shot I use my pocket camera with it’s 720mm lens to get a closeup of the Arch. There were now a ton of people at the Arch.

 

 

 

 

 

The last time I visited Arches National Park I hiked the Primitive Trail and I wanted to do it again this trip along with my wife. She had never hiked the trail and I had forgotten what it was like. The last time I did it I was alone and met almost no one else on the trail. Things have changed. This trip there were lots of people on the trail and it was difficult to get shots without getting someone in the photo. At almost every arch someone was posing under the arch. It required great patience on my part not to say anything to them.

More photos from Arches National Park can be found on my website.

The trail starts at Landscape Arch.

Just past Landscape Arch the trail follows a gap in the rocks and is quite steep. The first photo was taken looking up the trail toward the top of the ridge and the second photo was taken back toward Landscape Arch.

The trail is well marked with cairns.

There were some very interesting patterns in the rocks at Navajo Arch.

This well placed cairn marked the trail to Partition Arch.

From Partition Arch to Double O Arches you are at the high point of the trail with some stunning views of the Park.

At Double O Arches we took a side trail over to Dark Angel and had some spectacular views of the Salt Valley.

 

We stopped along the Dark Angel trail and had a bite to eat. We soon had a visitor who was determined to have a snack with us.

We rejoined the main Primitive Trail and followed the trail down off of the ridge. This section of the trail was not marked as well as earlier sections. Quite a few people turn back and retrace their steps from Double O Arches because the trail is more difficult from this point on. We took another short side hike to Private Arch. Just beyond Private Arch there were some nice views. Earlier in the hike we could see hikers way down below by Private Arch.

This section of the trail was probably the most difficult. It was very steep and if you slipped you would probably fall about twenty feet. It became a bottleneck and everyone was helping others get through this section. I can’t imagine how I got through this section alone. In my mountain climbing one of the sayings was “When in doubt lean out”. In other words don’t lean in and push yourself off of the hold. I mentioned this to my wife and she said “I am leaning out!!!” Actually she was plastered to the rock face.

Once we were down out of the rocks the trail was much easier and provided some nice views of the La Sal Mountains.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After driving highway 128 we checked into our motel and then drove out to Arches National Park. As we approached the park we noticed a sign that the park would be closed from 7 in the evening until 7 the next morning. What a bummer! I probably should have check out the park website before making the trip although it didn’t make any difference we would have stopped at Arches regardless. It just eliminated the option of sunrise and sunset photography and made my wife happy.

More photos from Arches National Park can be found on my website.

Pine Tree Arch

We thought we had better tour the desert southwest before the jackass in the white house puts an oil well up by each of the arches and sells naming rights to the oil companies.

Broken Arch

We didn’t make it to all of the arches but managed to bag quite a few of them.

Turret Arch

Tunnel Arch

Skyline Arch

Sand Dune Arch

Partition Arch

North and South Windows Arches

Navajo Arch

Double Arch

Delicate Arch