Balanced Rock at sunset in Arches National Park.

Arches National Park and Moab

Arches National Park and the area surrounding Moab, Utah, are locations that no photographer should pass up. Because the area is devoid of heavily forested landscapes, the red rocks and their dramatic shapes take center stage.

Photographs from Arches National Park and the Moab area

These photos were taken both in and around Arches National Park.

Locations to visit in Arches and Moab

Arches National Park is about 120 square miles and lies north of Moab, Utah. It is most famous for its 2,000+ natural sandstone arches. The most notable of these arches is Delicate Arch, which appears on the Utah State License tags.

There other interesting formations besides arches. For instance, there is Balanced Rock, towering over the desert landscape in the middle of the park, and the Organ, which is especially photogenic at sunset.

Most of the iconic formations are easily accessible from numerous parking areas and overlooks along a paved road that goes from the entrance station to the Devils Garden Campground and the Delicate Arch Overlook. Some of the formations require hiking from a parking area, specifically Delicate Arch which is over a mile on a slickrock trail.

There are several four-wheel drive roads that lead to Eye of the Whale Arch and Tower Arch. They are very sandy and may be impassible in rainy weather.

There are numerous trails within the park that take visitors among the geologic formations. One trail, however, requires a NPS guide. That trail is the Fiery Furnace trail. It winds through sandstone fins, around arches, through alcoves, and up and over large boulders. Because it requires both hands and feet to navigate, you can’t bring along a tripod and need to keep your camera fastened close to your body.

Here is a link to the NPS map for Arches.

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