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Yesterday we drove from the Rockies to Moab, Utah. Today we’ll stay put as we visit Arches National Park. More than 2,000 natural stone arches fill the park’s landscape, and believe it or not I didn’t take a picture of every one of them, LOL, but it’s safe to say I captured one or two. Here’s a closer look.

Arches National Park in Moab, Utah

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Notice how big those rocks are compared to the cars – if you look carefully you see the road wind ahead and you’ll gain a better idea of just how huge these landforms are. Also of note, if you’re creative you’ll see faces. In the upper right, that almost looks like a critter sitting on the white rock. Just over the green trees there’s a gnome vibe going on.

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Rock formation in Arches National Park

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These are my kids at Arches National Park. The oldest is 16 and the youngest is 4 and after three days in the car they aren’t choking one another. Awesome.

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Famed Double Arch at Arches National Park in Moab, UT.

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Yet another arch with my kids in the foreground.

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See the elephant? (In the rocks…not a real one. LOL.)

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Tunnel Arch in Arches National Park. (It’s the bigger hole).

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This arch from this angle looks like a heart.

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This is one of my kids standing on what appears to be a sheer rock wall. And it sort of was. O.o

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My eight-year-old found this little lovely. I’d been worried about rattlesnakes all day so I nearly lost it when she nearly stepped on it and backpedaled, at which point all six kids converged on this snake. I hadn’t seen it well enough to know it wasn’t poisonous so I was freaking out until the verdict was in. Fortunately he was relatively harmless, albeit a bit annoyed by the attention as you can see by the flared head (a defense mechanism) and that look in his eyes. (Do you see it? I swear he looks irritated!) He was about four feet long and nicely camouflaged in the desert.

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Another glimpse of the wildly varied formations found in Arches National Park.

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More of the variety found in Arches National Park.

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This is Delicate Arch, the very formation found on Utah’s license plates and the state’s welcome sign, which you saw in yesterday’s pictures. (Link below). If you look closely you’ll see a person standing in the center of the arch, almost precisely on the shadow. That gives you a good idea of the size of the arch and the surrounding formations.

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Late day sun lighting a rock formation at Arches National Park.

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Sunset at Arches National Park in Moab, UT.

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Late day sun bathing the rocks of Arches National Park.

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Rock formations in Arches National Park.

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Remember that snow-capped mountain from yesterday’s trip through Utah? Here it is bathed by the sinking sun.

IMG_8984We left Arches National Park under the light of a full moon. After spending another night in Moab, we’ll head west across the desert, so tomorrow here on my blog will bring more pictures from the road. I hope you’ll rejoin me then.🙂 In the meantime, if you’ve missed a previous post you can catch up here: