Arches National Park or US National Park – Eastern Utah
Arches national park is an American national park in the province of Eastern Utah and it has around 2000 sandstone arches.
The site is also the location of the world’s delicate arch – a famous landmark, and many other unique geological locations.
The place is spread over an area of 76,000 acres. Some areas of the park are elevated at around 5,000ft. Around 47 arches have collapsed since 1977. The annual rain in Arches National park is around 10 inches or 250mm.
The park is under the administration of National park service and is considered a national park of USA. The title was bestowed on it in 1979 from the designated status of National Monument.
The place is loved by hikers and photographers alike. Many have rated it a top rating place and it hosts many beautiful arches of the earth.
But due to the fragility of most arks the area is under threat by visitors. Around 700,000 visitors visit it on an annual basis.
The area was first discovered by a rail road traffic manager and he brought it to the attention of the public. He named the place ‘devil’s garden’. It was at that time (1929) designated as a national monument.
Due to the threatening of the place, park administration has prohibited slack lining and climbing is kept regulated. Many guided programs are available under the park administration for the tourists.
Due to lack of greenery the park has abundance of dry grass, bunch grasses, cheat grass, black brush, salt-brush and others. Kangaroo rats, desert sheep, lizards and rattle snacks are also found in abundance in the area.
Due to its scenic beauty, the park has been used for many film locations and the US govt is now thinking of minting coins under the beautiful quarter coin program.