In the Eastern corner of Utah next to the Colorado River you will find a red rock Nirvana made of over 2000 breath-taking geological formations and world famous arches.
Natural sandstone arches, spires and fins lay atop a salt bed, thousands of feet thick, created 300 million years ago. Water seeps through the eroding younger rock at the surface creating fissures and eventually causing large chunks of rock to tumble leaving unique creations with layer-cake patterns.
The Spanish missionaries took over the land from the ancient Pueblo people who had inhabited the land for thousands of years before it was eventually made a national park in 1969. The delicate arches are protected rigorously and whilst the Park is a popular spot for climbers, slack lining is prohibited as is climbing on any named archways.
Between the towering sandstone giants, peaking at 5653 feet, you’ll find a labyrinth of canyons in which it’s easy to get lost along the fiery furnace trail.
If hiking is your thing the primitive trail will supply you with narrow ledges, phenomenal views and sunlight beams through solitary arches. Escape the crowds or catch the sunrise under the longest arch in the park, soak in the view at partition rock or scramble to the top of Double O Arch. This trail will fill your mind with everlasting memories.
Why not try a night hike in one of the last places left on earth devoid of all light pollution to see the Milky Way in all its glory. Set up camp amongst the western collared lizards and mule deer found roaming the Parks 76000 acres and spend the night gazing up at the stars, eating s’mores and revelling in each others perfect company.