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Land That I Love QBOM #10- June
Arches National Park, Utah
Every year people from all over the world are drawn to Utah’s Arches National Park because of its rugged terrain and spires, balanced rock formations and arches formed above an underground salt bed. This nearly 80,000 acre park was raised from a National Monument (established 1929) to a National Park in 1971.
The rocky landscape supports a wide variety of wildlife from mule deer and antelope to rattle snake and cougars. For centuries it was a desolate and threatening spread of wilderness to man; merely a stretch of land to be crossed to get from Sante Fe to Los Angeles by way of the Old Spanish Trail. But since then, many have made their life at ranching and even farming on the land that is now the National Park.
Although the terrain appears extremely rugged, it is actually very fragile. The Park is home to over 2000 natural arches, as well as many pinnacles and other rock formations. The world’s longest natural arch-Landscape Arch-has a span of 291 feet and is located off the Devil’s Garden Trail. The Park’s landscape is continually changing as rain and the Colorado River erodes existing formations and creates new ones.
Want to learn more about this national park? Visit https://www.nps.gov/arch/index.htm