• Eastern Utah
  • Established November 12, 1971
  • 120 square miles
A weird, lovely, fantastic object out of nature like Delicate Arch has the curious ability to remind us—like rock and sunlight and wind and wilderness—that out there is a different world, older and greater and deeper by far than ours, a world which surrounds and sustains the little world of men as sea and sky surround and sustain a ship. The shock of the real. For a little while we are again able to see, as the child sees, a world of marvels. For a few moments we discover that nothing can be taken for granted, for if this ring of stone is marvelous then all which shaped it is marvelous, and our journey here on earth, able to see and touch and hear in the midst of tangible and mysterious things-in-themselves, is the most strange and daring of all adventures.
Edward Abbey, Desert Solitaire

Wind and stone and ice and sand have conspired together to create, in Arches National Park, a landscape that feels fantastical, even impossible. Boulders 50-feet-tall balance at irrational angles on ledges several stories high. And arches! Pink and orange arches, tall enough for dinosaurs or gods to slide through, from one world to another.

The arches and spires and pinnacles of Arches National Park were formed in the Jurassic period, when soft red sand, called the Entrada Sandstone, was first deposited in the region. Salt deposits underneath the sand slowly dissolved, and the sand hardened, shifted, and weathered, leaving the magical and mysterious creature-like formations that now form Arches National Park.

Most visitors drive around the park and take, perhaps, a short hike to see some of the most well-known arches. National Parks Revealed helps our clients engage more deeply with this delightful landscape. We can arrange for private guides to accompany you to Arches National Park, explaining the geology in-depth, guiding you to the lesser-known formations, as well as the most famous. Our guides can drive you around the Park or accompany you in your own vehicle. We can also arrange for nearby luxury accommodations, and/or combine your visit to Arches with a visit to nearby Canyonlands, Bryce, and Zion National Parks.