Arches National Park - Utah

--- The picture at the top of this blog site is of Delicate Arch in Arches National Park outside of Moab, UT.  Moab's history dates to the mid 1800s when Mormon leadership called for settlement in the area along the Colorado River.  However, it was during the uranium boom of the 1950s and 60s that Moab really took off.  Uranium, a necessary component for the atomic arsenal that U.S. was building at the time, is plentiful in the red rock canyons of southeastern Utah. Today, a massive project to deal with the radioactive remnants (known as tailings) left over from uranium mining is ongoing just outside of Moab.

Delicate Arch - Arches National Park
Arche's National Park preserves over 2,000 natural sandstone arches and is home to some of the most stunning and colorful scenery in the world.  Edward Abbey worked as a ranger at the park in the 1950s and it was here that he began one of his most famous works, "Desert Solitaire."  Getting to Delicate Arch requires a  mile and a half hike (3 miles round trip) across the "slick rock" sandstone desert.  There is almost no shade so bringing at least a quart of water is imperative.  A close up view of the most spectacular natural arch in the world, and a deeper appreciation for the people who settled the region, are among your rewards for making the hike.

-- R. Carriker

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