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View Diary: DKos Tour Series: Arches National Park (80 comments)

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  •  Thanks for the in-depth overview, Rich (13+ / 0-)

    While not among my most favorite parks, my visits to Arches are treasured. Hiking up to Delicate Arch in the dark for the sunrise or hiking down in the dark after sunset have resulted in some spectacular photos for me. The arch itself is, of course, the most sublime view in the park and it speaks to the wonders of nature.

    Another favorite hike is up Courthouse Wash (except during the summer monsoon). You can wander into the outer reaches of the park where almost nobody goes for an hour or overnight, if you chose. One time, I took a side wash into an sandstone amphitheater where a clear route up a gully led me to the top of the Courthouse cliffs, hundreds of feet above the floor. From up on top, there was an unbelievable view of the park and views to the La Sal mountains, way off in the distance.

    There is plenty to explore in the park for a day or several. The only real negative I have is that it can get very crowded and getting stuck behind the tour buses on the only road is very frustrating.

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    by sizzzzlerz on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 09:55:33 AM PST

    •  sizzzzlerz. . . (10+ / 0-)

      with 4 z's, I believe, thanks for posting. As always. See tomorrow's hiking diary (in Arches), which of course features the stunning, the exceptional, the singular, and that most iconic of all arches anywhere in the world. . .Delicate. It's not a hard trail to follow, just a bit long for some folks. I think your recommendation, like my own, to leave early and beat the crowds during the high tourist season says volumes. When the sun really pumps its fusion, the it's all the better to hike when it's coolest. This is the only way I know how to beat the usual high tourist crowds. Courthouse Wash, of course, gets my nod, as well. Seems you've been there and done that, too. . .I mean, your canyon hiking experience. Glad you liked the diary. I love writing these virtual armchair tours and I am very happy the DKos community supports same.

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      by richholtzin on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 10:22:13 AM PST

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    •  first visit to Arches (3+ / 0-)
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      KenBee, doraphasia, boudi08

      was in October sometime in the 90's. We pretty much had the park to ourselves. Marvelous. Fall or early spring seems the best times to beat the crowds.

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