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  •  Visit Arches in the Winter... (10+ / 0-)

    or the late autumn.  When I drove back from Utah to Ohio because I was changing my residence, my spouse and I had an outstanding visit to Arches NP in mid-December.  There were almost no other visitors, so we had the park to ourselves, which helped to accentuate the grandeur and isolation of the place.

    Also, Arches is one of the dryer national parks.  We learned when we stopped at the visitors center that it receives only something like six inches of rainfall per year.  The day we had available to visit, it rained - quite a bit.  Initially, we were disappointed that we weren't seeing pictures like those posted in the diary, with the sun glaring down on the brilliant reds and oranges of the parks formations.  Upon reflection, we realized that we might never see rain falling at Arches ever again if we were to visit many times in the future.  Its inherent aridity meant that seeing any rain was a real boon.  We saw several inches of water gushing through the Courthouse Wash and the slickrock actually slick.  That is something which would be almost impossible to plan, so we were glad to just accept it.

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    by PrahaPartizan on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 03:01:56 PM PST

    •  PrahaPartizan, thanks. . . (4+ / 0-)
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      wasatch, walkshills, KenBee, PrahaPartizan

      for the memories. I mean, yours and your visit to Arches in December. I love (or rather, loved) winter hiking/backpacking/camping. . .guaranteed atmosphere to elicit the 3 S's: silence, solemnity, and serenity! And, yes, it's a fact Arches is nearly a synonym with aridity. So is Canyonlands. Certainly a setting quite unlike Ohio weather! Anyway, thanks for sharing and for posting your memory lane commentary. Gracias.

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      by richholtzin on Sat Feb 16, 2013 at 04:46:01 PM PST

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