Arches National Park

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It looks like a bunch of basket handles,” one tourist said of Arches National Park’s peculiar rock formations, all in the shape of arches (hence the name), albeit in varying lengths and widths. Visitors flock here in the spring and fall to observe and photograph the more than 2,000 natural arches; summer is unbearably hot.

Arches National Park is situated in eastern Utah and was opened to the public in 1929; the dramatic Colorado River borders it to one side, adding to its majesty.

Several hiking trails wind their way through the park where these strange geological formations delight and amaze. Check out the Devil’s Garden, which contains sandstone sculptures, not in arched configurations, but also naturally occurring; it looks very much as though someone planted a garden on Mars! You’ll also find a few balancing rocks, which seem to have one horizontal rock atop a vertical one. Winds will eventually topple them, but for now, they seem to be a magic trick!

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