Arches… A Photographic Journey through America’s National Parks

Photo of stone sculpture and mountains in Arches National park. Photo by Curtis Mekemson.

Arches National Park is known for its soaring arches carved from stone, but that is only the beginning of its beauty.

One of our goals over the past several years has been to visit all of America’s National Parks. We’ve been to all 50 states in pursuit of this objective. There are a couple in Alaska still on our “to do list.” Since Peggy and I are presently wandering in Mexico, I’ve recruited some of our favorite National Park photos to fill in while we are gone. Enjoy.

Arches National Park is located in eastern Utah. While the towering rock arches are indeed striking, other rock sculptures are equally, if not more, impressive.

Stone sculptures at Arches National Park. Photo by Curtis Mekemson.

These stone sculptures stand like sentinels.

Shadow outlines of rock sculptures at Arches National Park. Photo by Curtis Mekemson.

With dark rapidly approaching, only shadowy outlines could be seen. I am thinking the Three Wise Men.

Wall of stone at Arches National Park. Photo by Curtis Mekemson.

This wall of stone greets visitors upon their arrival to Arches National Park. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

Family of rock sculptures at Arches National Park. Photo by Curtis Mekemson.

I thought of this collection of rock sculptures as a family… Mom and the kids.

Sedimentary layers shown at Arches National Park. Photo by Curtis Mekemson.

This collection shows different sedimentary rocks laid down in ancient times.

Rock sculpture at Arches Natioal park. Photo by Curtis Mekemson.

Another photo that captures sedimentary layers and shows the impact of weather on various rocks. Different rocks erode at different speeds, thus creating the wonderful sculptures seen throughout the Southwest..

Evening sun turns a rock sculpture red in Arches National Park. Photo by Curtis Mekemson.

Caught in the evening sun.

Photo of joining arches at Arches National Park. Photo by Curtis Mekemson.

Naturally, any photo essay on Arches National Park has to include some arches.

Two arches at Arches National Park. Photo by Curtis Mekemson.

The same arch caught 30 minutes later.

Under and arch at Arches National Park. Photo by Curtis Mekemson.

Looking up from under the arch. I knew the rock was solid but still felt nervous.

Arches National Park photo by Curtis Mekemson.

A final arch.

NEXT BLOG: We will head west to Yosemite National Park.

21 comments on “Arches… A Photographic Journey through America’s National Parks

  1. Nothing to say but, “Beautiful!” And, beautiful photos of the beautiful. And a beautiful reminder of the red rocks I found in the Texas Panhandle.

    A destination still on my list is one I just couldn’t make this year – the Monument Rocks and etc. in northwestern Kansas. Rocks are just so cool!

    • Peggy and I were quite impressed with Red Rocks State Park as well, Linda. (Hope that was the name.) We spent the night there. It was just before or after we visited Turkey and the Bob Wills museum as I recall. And thanks. An absolutely wonderful trip can be made from Arches southwest through all of the great Utah Parks. Beautiful rocks galore! –Curt

  2. These are gorgeous. Just curious as to which park(s) you visited in North Dakota. I’m originally from that state (though I haven’t lived there for years). I hail from the eastern part, but the western state is gorgeous with the Badlands.

    Very cool that you’ve traveled to all 50 states. I’ve been to a lot but have many left to visit.

  3. Curt, your photos are beautiful. We were there several years ago and were struck not only by its beauty, but also by the solitude. It was deliciously quiet. We’re hoping to make a return visit next year. Enjoy your Mexican wanders. ~Terri

    • Thanks Terri. I also enjoy the solitude. Walk out a couple of miles from a trailhead and you are on your own. I also like the fact that so many other great national parks are within a day or two’s drive. –Curt

      • Focused on Huichol art today and saw the greatest pelican feasting I have ever witnessed. It was incredible Alsion… right off the Malecon. There must have been 50 and they just kept diving. Peggy and I did both photos and video. –Curt

      • Wow, that must have been fabulous to watch. I love those pelis in Mexico. We travelled the Beagle Channel yesterday in iffy weather – saw Magellanic penguins, sea lions, cormorants in huge numbers. We’re supposed to fly north today (time to get out of Patagonia and back to the warmth) and it is *snowing*! Hoping we get off the ground.

      • Patagonia has always been on my bucket list Alison. Shouldn’t it be well into spring there? We travelled up to the old colonial town of San Sebastian in the Sierra Madre Mountains yesterday. It was refreshingly cool. So you were in search of warmer weather and we were in search of cooler. –Curt

    • A very male park… hmm. 🙂 Peggy seemed to notice that as well. You are likely right about the Three Sisters. All of the monuments seem to have names. I like making up my own. (grin) –Curt

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