Arches National Park Photo Guide: The path most traveled (part 3)

The fact that the vast majority of visitors spend just a few hours in Arches National Park is a sad commentary of the way many people vacation. If you don’t stop and ponder your surroundings, it’s a little hard to appreciate the magnificence that is there.

Probably millions of people have seen the Tower of Babel, but how many have seen it glowing at sunset in the fall with the golden leaves of the cottonwoods in full splendor? Yes, there are a lot of serious photographers that visit Arches because they know they will be rewarded with spectacular icons like Delicate Arch or Landscape Arch. But there is so much to see that even a week won’t allow you to explore all the park has to offer.

The Tower of Babel is an interesting subject. I have shot it from both sides, but have never walked as close as the Pipe Organ since the terrain has more cryptobiotic soil to avoid. However, there are numerous great shots from the road that cures around it.

This composite was one of my first with a favorite sunset near Pueblo, Co.

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  1. Mike……….this Tower of Babel is far, far older than it religious historical namesake………..The story of the tower of Babel found in the Bible is familiar to many. Is there evidence that such a tower really existed? There are archaeological indications that it did, indeed.

    In the fertile Mesopotamian plain between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, in what is now modern Iraq, is a mound, or tell, of broken mud-brick buildings and debris. This is all that remains of the ancient famed city of Babylon.

    Superb photo!


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