Arches National Park is located in eastern Utah. It has over 2000 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, as well as a variety of other unique geological formations.
The parks' highest elevation is 5,653 feet (1,723 m) at Elephant Butte, and its lowest elevation is 4,085 feet (1,245 m) at the visitor center. The park receives 10 inches (250 mm) of rain a year on average.
The area was originally designated as a national monument on April 12, 1929. It was redesignated a national park on November 12, 1971.
Among the notable features of the park are:
- Balanced Rock — a large balancing rock, the size of three school buses
- Courthouse Towers — a collection of tall stone columns
- Dark Angel — a free-standing 150 foot tall sandstone pillar at the end of the Devil's Garden trail
- Delicate Arch — a lone-standing arch which has become a symbol of Utah
- Devil's Garden — with many arches and columns scattered along a ridge
- Double Arch — two arches that share a common end
- Fiery Furnace — an area of maze-like narrow passages and tall rock columns (see biblical reference Fiery Furnace)
- Landscape Arch — a very thin, very long arch over 300 feet (100 m); the largest in the world
- Petrified dunes — petrified remnants of sand dunes blown from the ancient lakes that covered the area.
- Wall Arch —located along the popular Devils Garden Trail. Collapsed sometime on August 4-5, 2008.
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