From the OK RV Campground, we were up early and heading for Arches National park. The park is always busy this time of year and even at 9:30 in the morning there was a 20 minute waiting line of cars at the two entrance gates.
During our visit last year we were unable to make the hike to the arch since I was having significant foot pain from plantar fasciitis. At that time I was only able to take the shorter hike for a distant view of the arch. From that trail you can only see the arch from about a quarter mile away.
Delicate arch is perched high on the rim of a rock funnel that slopes down in the center about 150 feet. One is forced to take very deliberate steps on the steeply sloping rock to avoid stumbling and rolling down the funnel (to almost certain injury). Also climbing over the edge and into the funnel is scary. One person's plastic water bottle got away and went careening down the funnel. I wondered how many other items are down at the bottom? Also how many tourist have taken the fall?
After the return hike from the Delicate Arch, we stopped at a picnic area near Balanced rock and had a late lunch.
|View of Devils Garden from Vista Point|