Arches National Park and Natural Bridges National Monument preserves over 2,000 natural sandstone arches. In some areas, the forces of nature have exposed millions of years of geologic history. The extraordinary features of the parks create a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures that is unlike any other in the world. In 1929, President Herbert Hoover signed legislation creating
Arches National Monument, to protect the arches, spires, balanced rocks,
and other sandstone formations. Interestingly, the
park's most famous arch, the picturesque main subject of this collection, Delicate Arch, was not even included in the initial land grant under Hoover. It
would take a 1938 expansion of the park by President Franklin Delano
Roosevelt to include it and other famous rock formations. Arches
National Monument became Arches National Park in 1971.
Mentioned throughout descriptions in this image release, are fitting quotes from renowned author Edward Abbey, noted for his advocacy of environmental issues. Early in his career, he worked in the monuments in 1956 and 1957, maintaining trails, greeting visitors and collecting campground fees. Abbey's fourth book,
Desert Solitaire, was published in 1968. In it, he describes his stay in the canyonlands and is regarded as one of the finest nature narratives in American literature.
The book is interspersed with observations and discussions about the
various tensions; physical, social, and existential, between humans
and the desert environment. A typical Abbey quote typifies Artwestimage.com's staff views on adventure excursions featured on this site. "Hard work. And risky. Too much for some, who have given up the
struggle on the highways, in exchange for an entirely different kind of
vacation out in the open, on their own feet, following the quiet trail
through forests and mountains, bedding down in the evening under the
stars, when and where they feel like it, at a time where the Industrial
Tourists are still hunting for a place to park their automobiles."
Repeatedly occupied and abandoned during prehistoric times, Natural Bridges was first used during the Archaic period, from 7000 B.C. to A.D. 500.; Around AD 700, ancestors of modern Puebloan people moved onto the mesa tops to dry farm and later left as the natural environment changed. Around A.D. 1100, new migrants from across the San Juan River moved into small, single-family houses. Navajos and Paiutes lived in the area during later times before moving to reservations in the Four Corners area. In 1904, the National Geographic Magazine
publicized the bridges and the area was designated a National Monument April 16, 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt.
Arches National Park is a United States National Park in eastern Utah. The park is adjacent to the Colorado River, 4 miles (6 km) north of Moab, Utah. It is home to over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to a variety of unique geological resources and formations. It contains the highest density of...
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