With summer in full swing, you may not feel like hiking 3 miles (round trip) to Delicate Arch. But you can still see it from viewpoints! Be smart, drink water, have fun! (mt) #findyourpark #delicatearch #desert
Balanced Rock defies gravity but only for the moment. Eventually the 3,600 ton boulder will come tumbling down as erosional processes continue to shape our landscape. How long do YOU think it has? 🤔 (mt) #findyourpark
Monsoon season is here! What does that mean? Monsoon storms bring sudden rain, thunder and lightning, usually in the afternoon. Monsoon storms make for dramatic desert landscapes, but be aware of your surroundings! These storms can lead to flash floods in washes with little to no warning. What’s one thing you do to be safe and prepared for a storm? #monsoon #storm #rain #archesnationalpark
Skyline Arch is beautiful around sunset. You can view it from the main park road just before entering Devils Garden area, or from the amphitheater parking lot in Devils Garden Campground. Ranger programs are held at the amphitheater (with Skyline Arch as the backdrop) all summer long! Tonight’s talk begins at 9:00 PM. #archesnationalpark #skylinearch #sunset #arches
June is National Safety Month, so let's talk about that hike to Delicate Arch. Three miles roundtrip may be easy in flat terrain with plenty of shade, but this trail has no shade, and part of the hike climbs up a steep rock slope. On a hot summer day, that rock can be 140°F! .
Consider your body's limitations. Are you fit? Well-rested? If not, you can see Delicate Arch with just a 5 minute walk at the Viewpoint just a bit further down the road. If you do the full hike, each person should carry and drink at least 2 liters of water.
The chance to stand next to Delicate Arch can be hard to resist...but don't let an ambulance ride be a memory of your trip to Arches.
#safety #archesnps #utah #heat #safetymonth
Though water is scarce in Arches National Park, the male western collared lizard makes a splash of color in the desert! 🦎 The female collared lizard has a similar color scheme, but isn't as brightly colored as the male lizard. These lizards, like all the reptiles found at Arches, are uniquely adapted to handle the arid, warm climate. When threatened by predators, the collared lizards will sprint using only their back legs to run away! 📷: NPS Casey Hodnett
#WildlifeWednesday #Lizards #Reptiles #ArchesNationalPark
Biological soil crust is a living ground cover that binds soil in place, prevents erosion, and holds nutrients and water that plants need to survive. .
Arches can be a busy place. You can help protect fragile biological soil crusts by sticking to established trails, bare rock, or sandy washes, where water flows when it rains.
Yucca flowers are popping out!
Double Arch has the tallest opening of any arch in the park. The southern span soars 112 feet above ground level. See the tiny person beneath the arch? That span is also the second-largest arch in the park, at 144 feet across.