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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?

Pinyon Pine

Pinyon trees do not produce pine nuts every year. These delicious nuts can only be harvested every three to seven years. This irregular schedule prevents animals from adapting to an abundance of pine nuts and guarantees that at least some nuts will become new trees instead of a quick meal.