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    Arches

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Arches All-Stars

Landscape Arch

Landscape Arch in the Devils Garden area

NPS photo by Neal Herbert







Longest Span:

With a light opening measured at 306 feet (93.3 meters), Landscape Arch has the longest span of any arch in North America. (Three arches in China now outrank Landscape in the claim for largest arch in the world.)

 
Double Arch

Double Arch soars above a tiny figure in blue.

NPS photo by Jacob W. Frank

Tallest Opening:

The southern span of Double Arch soars 112 feet (34 meters) above ground level. It is also the second-longest arch in the park, at 144 feet (44m) across.

 
Balanced Rock

From this angle, Balanced Rock seems to almost defy gravity.

NPS photo by Neal Herbert





Biggest Balancer:

Standing beneath Balanced Rock, it's hard to grasp its size. The massive sandstone boulder perched atop the pedestal is estimated to weigh 3,577 tons. That's the weight of an icebreaker ship or approximately 27 blue whales.

 
Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch from an uncommon angle

NPS photo by Neal Herbert







Most Famous:

Without a doubt, Delicate Arch is the most famous natural stone arch in the world. Referred to as "the arch" by many newly arriving visitors, Delicate has an allure that is hard to explain but impossible to deny.

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.