American Southwest Trip Part I: The Beauty of Arches National Park

I've returned from a spectacular trip across the American Southwest with visits to Arches, Mesa Verde, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon.  I came back with more photos than I've ever taken on a single trip.  To start out this series of posts, I'll share with you photos I took at Arches National Park, which seems to bear a striking resemblance to Mars.

Everywhere you look, there's a beautiful vista at Arches.

As you travel along the scenic road, you can see lots of hoodoos.

A panoramic view at sunset.

Park Avenue in the morning.

Behind the Arches are the La Sal Mountains.

Delicate Arch is the most famous of the Arches.  Although I didn't make the trek to see it up close, my telephoto lens allowed me to get a nice close up shot nonetheless.

In Moab, I took this night shot outside the Fairfield Inn.

The next morning, I filled my memory card with sunrise shots at the park.

I just love a good sunburst!

Sunrise at North Window

The North Window is a great place to sit, meditate, and enjoy nature!

The majestic view from the North Window.

Turret Arch with the moon above.

Double Arch was one of my favorites to photograph.

A little Photoshop magic turned this photo of Delicate Arch into a miniature scene.

Wolfe Cabin belonged to a man and his son from Ohio who moved out to Utah for the better air quality.

Near the cabin are a series of petroglyphs.

Near Arches is Dead Horse Point State Park, where you can look out over the Colorado River and Canyonlands National Park.

Along Potash Rd, you can see more interesting rock formations.

Stay tuned for my next installment, in which I'll share photos from the stunning Mesa Verde National Park!


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