Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hiking Landscape Arch

This week for Travel Tuesday in continuing with my showing you some of Utah's amazing sights. I am going to take you on a virtual adventure of the longest natural arch in the world.  Landscape Arch in Arches National Park, Utah.


This is actually a very easy hike to do.  In fact it's only 1.5 miles round trip.  You get to it, by driving to the end of Arches National Park, and park in the Devil's Garden trail head.  The trail is paved in some portions and is very wide and easy access for almost anyone.


Years ago, you used to be able to hike up under the arch.  But oddly enough, one year when I was up camping in the park back in 1991 with my family 3 large slabs of rock fell.
They weren't just small slabs of rock either, they were the size of cars.
I didn't see them fall, they fell during the night. I didn't hear the large crack, but I remember going up after and it was clear the thin part along the top, hadn't been so thin the day before.
Because of this, they closed that section of the trail and you are no longer allowed to hike up under it.
I was going to try and dig through family picture's to show a before and after, but I haven't had the time, sorry.



However, there is a viewing area right in front of it, that you hike right up to now.  So you still get to see it, and hike all around the area if you'd like.  I believe last measured the arch spans at around 290 feet.



One thing about Landscape Arch, it's an older arch that you never know how much longer it will be around.  Some speculate it will have fallen away to rubble in less than 100 years.  But while it is here in all it's beauty now, you should consider taking a trip to see the worlds longest natural arch to see it!



Have you been to Arches National Park before?
Did you check out Landscape Arch?

25 comments :

  1. You may just have to go work for the Utah tourism board! Your pics always look amazing

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  2. Beautiful pictures! I haven't had the chance to visit any national parks out west yet (other than the Grand Canyon) , but it's on my bucket list!

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    1. I hope you get the chance someday. I may be slightly prejudice but we do have some of the most beautiful ones out west:)

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  3. I haven't heard of Arches National Park before. I love all the new places I hear about on your blog. Though the car sized slabs of falling rock sound scary.

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    1. That was years and years ago rock falls like that don't happen often. Its such a beautiful place if you ever come out west you won't be disappointed if you add it to your travel plans:)

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  4. Beautiful :) I have never visited Utah, it looks very pretty.
    Rocks the size of cars falling sounds a bit scary though!

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    1. That particular rock fall happened so many years ago, they really are rare.
      If you ever get to Utah, its worth exploring, we have a beautiful state.

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  5. I'm gonna have to agree with Deborah, haha. I used to have zero reason to ever want to visit Utah, but you have completely changed my mind! :O! I want to go here too someday! *-*

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    1. Lol.
      I do live in a beautiful state I am lucky! If you ever have the chance to visit, you won't be disappointed.

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  6. Wow, those pictures are amazing! I haven't been to Arches National Park but it sure looks like a beautiful place to hike.

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    1. Thanks! Ya its definitely a beautiful place to hike!!!

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  7. Beautiful pics! Have been and seeing your pics makes me want to go back!!

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    1. Thanks Sharon! It's such a beautiful area, I myself would love to go back more often!

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  8. Kristy, your pictures are gorgeous! I never had the chance to go to Arches when I lived in Utah but it's definitely on my list of places I need to visit.

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    1. Thank you Emily! I hope you can come back and visit it someday, I think you would love it!

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  9. When I read a post like this, my first thought is that it could be in a travel brochure. The natural beauty that surrounds you where you live is amazing. I really need to get my husband to help me plan a trip out west for about a month or more. And you could help us decide where to go in Utah! :)

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    1. Thanks, I am lucky to live where I do!
      If you do ever come out this way, let me know. I will be happy to give you some idea's on beautiful places to visit/hike/see in Utah!

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  10. Wow, even more than the arch, the incredibly beautiful blue sky is what really struck me in these pics. So gorgeous!

    Out of curiosity, have you ever done a post on hiking tips for newbies? You seem to be an expert with all the trips that you've done!

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    1. Thanks! It was a beautiful day! I think because it had lightly rained the night before, it cleared the air for some awesome blue skies that day!

      You know, I can't remember if I ever did. But I'd love to do it, I will see if I can add one in August! Thanks for the idea Sun!

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  11. Those pictures are beautiful. I have never been to Utah.

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    1. Thank you! If you can ever come out this way, we have one of the most beautiful states:) if you visit the right area's, you definitely won't be disappointed! If you ever do come out this way, hit me up first and I will give you a list of must see's to pick from!

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  12. We're on vacation and arrived in Utah today, near SLC. We hope to visit Arches someday. Utah is beautiful!

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    1. Welcome to our beautiful state:) I hope you had a great time during your visit!!!

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  13. We're on vacation and arrived in Utah today, near SLC. We hope to visit Arches someday. Utah is beautiful!

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