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, hence the name.
Since 1929, travelers have come to see this remarkable landscape which looks astonishingly similar to ruins of a grand, ancient city.
Summertime is peak season for travelers, but as we drove through the park in early December, warning signs of traffic congestion seemed misplaced.
Peak temperatures during the summertime can surpass 100º F and dips below 0º F is not uncommon in winter. A bonus to visiting in the warm season, when camping is more favorable, is to see the nighttime sky. Due to the park’s remote location and high elevation, it’s an astronomer’s field day (or night).
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.
And here is my favorite shot from the day.