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    Arches

    National Park Utah

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History & Culture

Shadow on sandstone
Shadow on sandstone
Photo by Sam Wainer
 

While the sandstone landscapes may seem timeless and inhuman, there is a rich human history at Arches that spans over 10,000 years.

People
Today people visit Arches for the views and trails. Those who came before sought many other things: wealth, adventure, solitude, or a home. Learn more about a handful of characters in the human story of Arches.

Places
Rock doesn't retain the footprints of its travelers, so there aren't many places where Arches' human story is evident. Two popular spots showcase very different stories written on the land.

Did You Know?

Ed Abbey

Edward Abbey worked as a seasonal park ranger at Arches in the late 1950s. His 1968 memoir of this experience, "Desert Solitaire," has become a classic of desert literature.