Delicate Arch

Ron Niebrugge Moab, Photos, Travel, Utah 7 Comments

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, near Moab, Utah.

Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, near Moab, Utah.

This is a little different perspective of this frequently visited and photographed arch. This isn’t a better perspective, except that we were all alone – a long way from the large crowd gathered at the end of the trail head. A crowd that actually began to yell at each other as they “ruined” each others photos – it really tainted what should have been a wonderful evening.

I had visited this arch once before – exactly two years to the day to this mid-week visit, and was surprised at how many more people were there. I shouldn’t have been – visitor numbers to both Moab area National Parks were up over 20% in August compared to the previous August. I’m sure October numbers were up as well.

If the growth in this area continues, I would think Arches National Park may soon join Zion and Bryce and require a shuttle system during peak visitor periods. It seems like a prime candidate, with its short road system, and limited parking. The bus is a bit of a hassle, but with crowded roads, and full parking lots, it may be better then the existing system.

Here are more Arches National Park photos.

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  1. Well it looks like you had some good sun and light at least. There usually are a number of people there but most of time everyone can have there time without getting in a fight.

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    Thanks Dennis, it was great light! It is too bad people weren’t better behaved, I hope if was just an unusual night.

    Thanks Richard.

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  4. Arches NP is one of my favorite parks. I proposed to my wife two years ago (end of september) at Delicate Arch at Sunset. The arch was indeed very busy at that time 🙂

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