Spotlight on Arches National Park

A land of wondrous, oddly eroded, bright burnt orange rock, Arches National Park in arid southeastern Utah is home to the world's largest collection of naturally-occurring sandstone arches. Located just outside of Moab, Utah, this 76,000-acre recreational area contains over 2,000 documented arches, along with a host of massive balanced rocks, giant fins and towering pinnacles.

Originally created as a National Monument in 1929, Arches was re-designated a National Park in 1971 and welcomes an average 1.07 million visitors a year. While it's one of the smaller national parks, Arches still offers a bounty of gorgeous scenery, diverse wildlife, unspoiled wilderness, excellent camping, hiking and more.

Because of its rather limited size the area can be busy during the summer season, so you should make your travel plans early.

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