Arches National Park


Some of the more famous of Utah's natural sculptures are located in Arches National Park, where I arrived at sunset. These unusual formations were created by an underground salt bed which caused overlying layers of rock to shift upward and be exposed to the elements. Travelers coming into the park are first greeted by imposing cliffs and huge rock fins that seemingly teeter precariously over the road.



The steep, thin rock walls are called "fins". This grouping is called Park Avenue.


Second from left is Balanced Rock, one of the famous landmarks of the park.



To the southeast are the La Sal Mountains, providing an interesting scenic backdrop.