2010-09-10 - UT, Arches National Park, Devils Garden Hike -1005 Arches National Park is truly a landscape of wonders.  We visited the area last year while traveling with Hoyt and Bernice Odom.  Did some hiking then, but promised ourselves to return, and we have.

Devils Garden We chose the hike to Landscape Arch for today.  On the way, we spotted Sand Dune Arch near the road.2010-09-10 - UT, Arches National Park, Devils Garden Hike -1032  Devils Garden Parking

2010-09-10 - UT, Arches National Park, Devils Garden Hike -1041Landscape Arch is in the Devils Garden section of Arches National Park.  As the world’s longest span natural sandstone arch, Landscape Arch is one of the world’s greatest natural wonders.       2010-09-10 - UT, Arches National Park, Devils Garden Hike -1062  

Along the trail to Landscape is a short side trail to Pine Tree Arch and Tunnel Arch.

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Pine Tree Arch 2010-09-10 - UT, Arches National Park, Devils Garden Hike -1069and beyond

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   Tunnel Arch (actually two arches)

The trail is relatively easy to Landscape, and very scenic.  2010-09-10 - UT, Arches National Park, Devils Garden Hike -1079 2010-09-10 - UT, Arches National Park, Devils Garden Hike -1083

2010-09-10 - UT, Arches National Park, Devils Garden Hike -1096 And then you arrive at the famous Landscape Arch.2010-09-10 - UT, Arches National Park, Devils Garden Hike -1117 

It is hard to believe that a piece of rock like this can exist. In its thinnest section the arch is only 11 feet thick, yet it supports a span of rock approximately 300 feet long. 2010-09-10 - UT, Arches National Park, Devils Garden Hike -1119

This arch could collapse at any time. On September 1, 1991, a 73-foot slab of rock fell out from underneath the thinnest section of the span, reducing the thickness of the span from 16 feet to 11 feet. On June 5, 1995, a 47-foot mass of rock fell from the front of the thinnest section of the arch, followed by another 30-foot rock fall on June 21, 1995. The short loop trail that went directly underneath the arch has been closed because of government liability should more rock fall.  Another arch, Wall Arch did fall recently, in 2008.  Prior to its collapse, it was the 12 largest of the park’s more than 2000 arches.

The trail continued on, 2010-09-10 - UT, Arches National Park, Devils Garden Hike -1123bbut the wind was getting strong, and the next stretch would have been over slickrock, where we really have been exposed to the wind, so we called it a day and returned, for a total hike of about 2 miles.

For more photos from the drive and hike, click on the photo below:

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