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.