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Arches National Park

The park has within its boarders more that 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch. Millions of years of erosion and faulting have created breathtaking scenery, with balanced rocks, pinnacles, and spires that are surrounded by a variety of desert colors, textures, and landforms.

In some locations, nature has exposed millions of years of geologic history. The amazing features of the National Park create a landscape of varied colors, landforms and rock textures that is unlike any other in the world. Arches National Park covers more than 73,000 acres or about 114 square miles.

Many have had a hand in establishing Arches as a National Park. In the early 1920's, Alexander Ringhoffer, a prospector, traveled through the area and was overwhelmed with its natural beauty. He invited passenger traffic manager for the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, Frank Wadleigh, to come and experience this amazing place for himself. Wadleigh was so touched that he contacted Stephen T. Mather, director of the NPS. Mather then initiated the creation of a national monument. In 1929, an executive order signed by President Herbert Hoover established Arches as a national monument.

Photo Courtesy of the National Park Service