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Arches National Park, Not Your Typical Sunday Drive

You guys are so lucky (I don’t feel comfortable saying “we” yet since I just moved here just a few months ago), to live within an hours drive of some of the most beautiful places on earth. The Arches National Park is one of those places.

Before I get started on my afternoon in the park, let me begin by saying to legally drive 80 miles an hour on I-70, was a cool way to the day! Way to go Utah! The issue of raising the speed limit in Colorado, Kansas, and other states, is a whole other post. I mean on some of the wide open stretches of road, why not?

Ray Michales
Ray Michales

There’s so much more to the park than the famed Arches. Every turn in the road brings you face to face with something mindblowing. It was one cool rock formation after another, and another and another.

Ray Michales
Ray Michales

Standing close to Balanced Rock, it’s hard to grasp its size. The sign said the massive boulder atop the pedestal is estimated to weigh over 3,500 tons.

Ray Michaels
Ray Michaels

It was a bit windy today, but a beautiful afternoon none the less, and perfect for cruising through. I hoped out and made the hike over to the famed Double Arches.

Ray Michaels
Ray Michaels

Being able to hike right up under this amazing wonder was very cool. The park was busy on this Sunday afternoon but not too crazy to detract from the scenery. There were licence plates of states all across the country. Many of the patrons had to travel a distance to take in the sights. For those of us in the Grand Valley, it’s a realtive short drive.

Ray Michales
Ray Michales

Being a rock radio guy ,I appreciated the parks “Rock Stars” reference on the website to the famous geologic formations. Most rock stars are old these days, but our humble existence is but a breath compared to the parks 65 million-year-old rock formations.

If you’ve not made the trip over lately, I highly suggest it. I plan to make it a couple of day venture next time. A Sunday drive hardly does it justice. Rocks rock!

 

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