Arches National Park Photo Guide: Off the beaten path (part 10)

It’s always fun to seek out a new spot, and in Arches at 119 square miles, it’s pretty easy to do. There is probably no way to explore it all, even if you could spend most of a lifetime. Consider that Arches is just one of five National Parks in Utah, with Canyonlands encompassing more land than Arches, Zion, and Bryce combined. Capitol Reef is the other big contender at 378 square miles, just 149 square miles less than Canyonlands.

Every time we visit Moab, we look for new places to explore, many in other areas besides Arches, but we never miss going to Arches, and we always try to visit someplace we haven’t been to before. One of our treks was to Clover Canyon (above), which was full of fall color the day we were there.

CW Lower Courthouse Wash

More fall color can be found in Lower Courthouse Wash, which is south of the Great Wall and over the petrified dunes. This shot is toward the Courthouse Towers.

AP Dunes Aftermath

One day we were bummed because it was raining, so not wanting to walk in mud we decided to head across the petrified dunes and soon ran onto rushing water. The sun soon came out and following the water was one of the best times we ever had. Dunes Aftermath shows the Great Wall in the background.

AP Eden Spires

Not so far off the beaten path are other features just west of the Cove of Caves and toward Balanced Rock. Eden Spires are the last high features on the dunes once you head west of the road to North and South Windows.

AP Two Towers

The opposite side yielded this picture I call Two Towers. Since most of these features don’t have names, I guess you can call them anything you want. I suppose it gets confusing for the average tourist that asks some poor park ranger that doesn’t have a clue.

AP Great Wall Spires

Along the face of the Great Wall closer to Balanced Rock you will see another grouping of spires, some looking quite phallic. Once again this isn’t that far off the beaten path, and there are plenty of dry washes to walk up to get you there. I’m certainly happy that the park isn’t more developed, or that tighter restrictions haven’t been placed on where you can explore. I hope that everyone that visits is as awed as I am, and respects what a wonderful world we live on. This ends my series on Arches. More on other Utah Parks to follow.

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