Ancient Rome or Arches National Park?

Slightly north of Moab, Utah you’ll find yourself at Arches National Park — it’s more than 76 thousand acres of oceanic bed turned salt flat turned sandstone sediment deposit. These sediment deposits have dissolved over time forming literal arches all over the park, thus the name.

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Since 1929, travelers have come to see this remarkable landscape which looks astonishingly similar to ruins of a grand, ancient city.

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Do you see the walls of an ancient fortress?

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The Turret Arch. Or eye of Fatima?

Summertime is peak season for travelers, but as we drove through the park in early December the warning signs for traffic congestion seemed misplaced.

Peak temperatures during the summertime can surpass 100º F and dips below 0º F are not uncommon in the winter. The bonus to visiting in the high-temp season is to sea the nighttime sky. Due to the park’s remote location and high elevation it’s an astronomer’s field day (or night).

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Looking through the Turret arch is like a window to the world.

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The view is dubbed the “Garden of Eden.”

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Do you see a Sphinx or only sediment deposit?

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These men-like figures are known as “the three gossips.”

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Beyond the park, the La Sal mountains stand colossal in the backdrop. Mount Peale peaks above them all at 12,721 feet above sea level.

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And here is my favorite shot from the day.