Ranger Kathryn's Arches

June 16, 2009

Personal Best: 9 arches

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 9:02 pm


Barbie was careless, and an arch fell on her.

Barbie was careless, and an arch fell on her.

Nine arches in one hike!!  Do not let yourself think that once you have seen one arch, you have seen them all.  No, no.  Every arch has a different size, shape, thickness, name, height, color, and most of all FEEL.  Some are graceful and lithe, others massive and heavy and thick.  Today Jess, Amanda and I hiked the 5 miles of trail in Devil’s Garden.  We found one that we named Yardstick Arch, because it is but a horizontal crack in a fin that is about enough to pass a yardstick under.  In hundreds of years it might be big enough to crawl through.


At several points in this hike we were atop the large fins, hiking the backs of them as if we were traipsing up the back of a stegosaurus.  We reached what we called Pride Rock, giving us sweeping views of our entire Arches NP kingdom, which we surveyed with total amazement while eating trail mix and drinking Gatorade.  We could see for miles and miles in every direction, from the La Sal Mountains (with snow on top) to the Salt Valley.  I can’t get enough of this land.


  1. Dad and I refer to a “vast vista” and those words bring back memories of other vast vistas. We dub quite a few views as such, and each one is a delight. Is this your very top Vast Vista? If so, all others in your lifetime wlll take you back to this one.

    Comment by Mom — June 17, 2009 @ 9:29 am | Reply

    • I can hardly prioritize my Grand Vistas, because each one transports my soul fully and completely. This one was a spine-shivering vista indeed. Just beautiful.

      Comment by kath56ryn — June 17, 2009 @ 8:22 pm | Reply

  2. you make me want to take a panoramic picture from Pride Rock. i may have the opportunity to do just that.

    Comment by evan — June 17, 2009 @ 6:16 pm | Reply

    • You MUST do just that. You WILL do just that.

      Comment by kath56ryn — June 17, 2009 @ 8:21 pm | Reply

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