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Visit Arches National Park for the Largest Collection of Sandstone Arches in the World on Your Next Utah Camping Trip
Arches National Park has one of the largest collections of sandstone arches in the world. The arches, spirals, pinnacles, balanced rocks, and other formations stand out against a beautifully contrasting background of blue skies, desert landscapes, and varying textures, colors and land forms. Established in 1929, Arches National park was designated a national park in 1971. This 76,519 acre park is an excellent Utah camping destination for you and your family.
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The most popular times to visit Arches National Park are during the spring (April through May) and fall (September through October) seasons. Summer temperatures often exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit and the later summer months are monsoon season, which means violent storm cells with the possibility of flash floods. The winter season is very cold and even a small amount of snow can leave roads impassable. However, the park is open year round. The entrance fee for a vehicle is $10, which is good for 7 days. Yearly passes are $25, which is good for Arches, Canyonlands, Hovenweep and Natural Bridges. While the park can be seen in a 4 ½ hour auto tour, it is best to plan to stay for a few days in order to really see everything Arches National Park has to offer.
For those that enjoy hiking, there are many trails available that take anywhere from a couple of hours to half of a day. For those that prefer to see the park from the car, there are multiple routes that take you around the park with many viewpoints and attractions near the road. While the park can be seen in 4 1/2 hours via car, it is highly recommended to take a few days to really see everything the park has to offer. One must see formation is the Delicate Arch, which is the most famous span in the world. A short hike will bring you to the Delicate Arch, which used to be known as "Cowboy Chaps" since it so closely resembles chaps many ranchers used to wear. Keep in mind that it is most stunning at sunset with the beautiful colors of a desert sunset and the La Sal Mountains set behind it. Balanced Rock is another breathtaking attraction that requires just a short .3 mile hike. This rock formation seems to defy gravity since millions of years of erosion has left a large rock resting precariously atop its pedestal.
With its varied landscapes, beautiful scenery, and diverse wild life, Arches National Park is an excellent Utah camping destination for just about every camper.
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