Arches is one of the coolest places on earth. If you live in Salt Lake it’s only 3.5 hours away!! You can get up early in the morning, drive to Arches National Park, hike to Delicate Arch, do a few other easy hikes, grab some grub at Moab Brewery, and get home before it’s too late, ALL IN ONE DAY!!I’ve done this several times. (Or you can stay home and watch Netflix...what??) pic: @davidmrule @werutah
I’m going to be honest here... I loved our Utah road trip to the @archesnps so much that I’m starting to plan our next trip! We had 9 days for Utah, and it looks like we might have 13 in October to make it all the way out to @yosemitenps! What are some of your must see places there and along the way? We are traveling from Southeast Tennessee!
The geology on display at Arches is mind-boggling and learning about it was my favorite part of our visit here. We loved hiking around Devil’s Garden—it’s the perfect place to see all the stages of arch formation and a really fun, engaging hike to boot.
Here’s the super short version of how the arches here formed: a long time ago (in this exact galaxy) a sea covered this area, then retreated, then returned, then retreated, again and again. Every time, the water left behind salt deposits, then sediment settled on top of the salt and eventually hardened into sandstone.
A fault underneath all of this caused a bunch of uplift, cracking the sandstone and creating a giant salt dome where the salt gathered in the lower elevations. Water seeped through cracks in the rock above, dissolving the salt dome until the whole thing collapsed.
All this cracking and seeping and collapsing created fins: long, thin sandstone formations that look exactly like their name suggests (and often line up like perfect little rows of corn, which is deeply satisfying to see.) And when the middle of these fins erode because their cap rocks are denser or stronger, it leaves an arch. That’s my utterly unacademic version of the science, anyway. The more you KNOOOOOOWWW! 🤓