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.