Arches National Park

Today, we visited Arches National Park. I’m marking this as my second favorite National Park that I’ve visited thus far!

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We have a custom that we HAVE to get a picture with each National Park sign!
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Our drive into the park started with some switchbacks which concerned me at first, but weren’t actually as bad as I thought. Once we got to the top, we had flat roads to travel on. (See map above. The red squiggly line at the very bottom is the entrance to the park)
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I like to get street signs in pics to give a better perspective on things.
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Balanced Rock in Arches National Park.
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This is the trail to get a closer look at Balanced Rock.
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View at the bottom of Balanced Rock. The rock is behind me.
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Bryce enjoyed taking his own photos.
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I loved these large dead tree branches I found throughout the place. They add characteristics to the photo!
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Next stop, Double Arch!
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This was amazing to climb inside. You could see cracks throughout the arch. I’m wondering how long these arches will stand the test of time. There were quite a few people inside the arches and we had to climb up and around them.
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Our next stop was the North Window. From the window, you can look across and see Turret Arch.
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Selfie inside the North Window.
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Kevin, being Kevin, had to climb up higher in the North Window.
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Our drive through the park held many different rock formations.
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I took quite a few pics from inside the car.
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Hike to Delicate Arch

Our biggest hike was to Delicate Arch. It was a very strenuous hike which is 3.2 miles round trip.

The longest yellow line is the hike to Delicate Arch if you want to come right up on it. It’s a lot of uphill climbing and the hardest part the 480 feet climb up a steep slickrock slope. I had to stop and take several breaks to catch my breath and rest my legs.

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The trail starts out with a few switchbacks.
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Bryce found the perfect seat for his butt!
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See the nice little seat shape?
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Time to start climbing that sloped rock!
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My view looking down the slope.
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Still a little bit to go to get up the slope!
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We passed several signs that kept you on the trail.
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When you get to the top of the slope, you realize there is still more to the trail. Way ore than I thought! It’s hard to judge distance when you’re doing switchbacks and climbing a steep slope.
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The trail does afford some spectacular views!
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I was proud of myself for braving this part of the trail. It wraps around the side of the mountain and has a very steep drop off. The trail does slant toward the rock wall, which helped me considerably.
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But we made it and here is my first view of Delicate Arch! You have to climb over a natural rock wall and then there is a bowl (which you can kind of see in this picture) that you have to walk around the edge of to get to the arch. A couple people lost things like a water bottle and something else that they dropped and it went down into the bowl. They’re not getting those things back! I hope they brought extra water!
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Waiting in line to get a picture under the arch.
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Inside Delicate Arch. Look at the view behind Kevin!
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You may not be able to tell it’s us, but here we are underneath Delicate Arch. Bryce took our picture.
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Another shot of the view through Delicate Arch.
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Kevin took a picture of the grass on top of Delicate Arch! Haha!
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Here’s a pic of the wall we had to climb over to get into the “bowl”.
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The bowl
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This was on our way back to the trailhead. There is a spot you can climb and get a view of Delicate Arch from before you actually get to it.
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Here’s the view through that spot Kevin climbed up to!
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Going down the steps to head back to the car. We’ve still got a ways to go. This is before the slope.
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Time to go back down the slope!
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Can you make out the trail in the distance?

I enjoyed the hike, but once I got back to the car, I collapsed into the seat and was thankful for the air conditioning. We did take plenty of drinks and snacks to eat along the way, which really helped keep me going.

Kevin kept joking on the way back to the hotel (and throughout the rest of the trip) that we were going to go back and do this trail again. I gave him the death glare. My poor legs needed rest.

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