Unbelievable, how fast time is running. Of course, I’m a little bit delayed here, as I’m already back in Canada for a couple of days, but I still wanna report about the rest of our journey, too. The last time we went into the desert was in the Arches National Park. We had more time than usual, which gave us the opportunity to explore this park very well. So on the first day we made our way all the way to the end of the park road to go hiking in the devils garden. Caro and I, once more, have researched a good hike that would bring us to some of the most famous arches. The first one was already one of the most famous ones: The Landscape Arch.
Hard to believe, that this masterpiece is if a natural origin, especially because the arch is very thin. This could collapse anytime, couldn’t it? But it didn’t, so we moved on. A steep slope up and around a couple of rocks we already found the next arch. Der Partition Arch was significantly smaller and had a small neighbor.
Especially the view through the arch, like through a window, was worth the way there. After gazing at it for a moment we moved on to find the next arch not far away. The Navajo Arch stood there like an entrance to a cave. From the inside it really appeared as if I took a photo from a hideout.
Following this, we had to hike a good distance further, until we would reach the next arch. But the way was about the same spectacular than the arches. Over a high rock ridge we had to advance further into the Devil’s Garden.
Then, after we climbed down from the ridge again, we arrived at the goal of our hike. The Double O Arch. Yet the lower arch was not very big the upper one was even more spectacular.
Luckily, it wasn’t to crowded and I could get some great shots.
Once we had finished our avocado sandwiches in the wind protection of a rock, we started our way back. We just didn’t take the normal trail back, but the primitive one, that brought us through beautiful rock walls.
On the way we even came by the Private Arch, that laid well protected behind some of the walls.
In the early afternoon we then made it back to our car and used the remaining time to explore the arches along the road. The first one was the famous Delicate Arch, where we could also have had hiked to. But the other hike had been way more interesting for us and that’s why we only viewed this one from the street.
Next, we drove to a short turnoff, that brought us to a few more arches. First we saw the North and the South Window, yet it was a lot more crowded there.
More spectacular for us was the Turret Arch, where we even managed to get a photo together with no other persons in it.
And then there was one last arch for the day. Technically those were two arches, that were directly connected to each other. That’ the reason why they were called Double Arch.
It was, once more, incredible, that at this particular place here so many natural bridges emerged and nowhere else. The interaction of so many factors like weather, climate, geology, tectonics and a long, long time has formed this incredible landscape, that fascinates me every day again. And it was like that the next morning, too. Another time we made our way into the park to climb through the Fiery Furnace. The previous day we already managed to get a permit to do that, as it was only allowed to go there after you got an introduction on how to explore that beautiful place with a low impact. The Fiery Furnace, like most of the other rock formations, was out of those red rock walls, too, through which we had to wind our way. Therefore we crawled through cracks and caves, always looking for the next marker that showed the main trail.
We also walked into some dead ends to explore those.
And finally, behind a small arch, that we just found, we spotted a beautifully carved cave.
Once the fun in the Fiery Furnace was over we had to say goodbye to the red rocks. Now we would travel on North, where we would soon experience a cold shock.