Arches National Park is one of our favourite in the USA, home to over 2,000 natural sandstone arches of all sizes and shapes.
In June, when we visited, it was criminally hot at over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. So much so, we had to drive back out of the park mid-day to visit a nearby gas station because we were seriously overheating, dehydrated and in need of a gallon of cold 'soda'. But what else can you expect from Utah in the summer. It makes for idyllic camping conditions in the evening though. Our two nights pitched at nearby Big Bend campground were some of the most enjoyable we've ever had.
Arches is one of those parks which is small enough to see the majority of the main attractions in one good day. We did some serious trekking to see the most distinguished Arches including the Devil's Garden trail, the Klondike Bluffs with their 'Marching Men', the Windows Section, the Rock Pinnacles, finishing off with the daddy of them all, the Delicate Arch. All in all, a great day out, fantastic park!
By Darrell Grundy - visited on 17 June 2002