Arches – Close-ups (1 of 2)

Here are some of the things I saw while driving through Arches National Park in Utah.



I should mention that crews are prepping the roads and pullouts in the Park for re-paving so there are orange barrels all through the property.  In fact, from Sunday through Thursday they kick everyone out at 7 PM so they can get their work done without totally disrupting the flow of traffic during the day.



If you look closely at the bottom right corner of the photo above you’ll see the tops of vehicles driving through the Park.  This gives you some idea how big these rock formations are.  There is also a brown road sign in the lower left corner.


Again, look at the road at the bottom of the photo above to gauge the size of what you are seeing.



After Calf Creek – Close-ups (1 of 2)

I stopped at the Calf Creek Campground and Recreation Area in Grand Staircase – Escalante National Monument in southern Utah for two reasons.  First, I had met the couple who are working there for the summer as campground hosts while I was visiting Capitol Reef National Park earlier in the week (they were also visiting that Park on their day off).  They said I should stop in and see them while touring the Monument.  I did so, and spent about a half hour visiting with them there.

Secondly, a young lady where I was buying provisions in Richfield, near where I was staying in Joseph said that I should stop at Calf Creek to see the beautiful waterfall.  I wasn’t willing to hike the 3 miles in to see it up close but the campground hosts told me how to see it from a vantage point just a short walk off the highway, high above.  I tried, but just couldn’t spot where it was.  The pictures I found later online are very nice and I wish I could have seen it firsthand, even if only from a distance.

After leaving the campground here are some of the things I saw before leaving the portion of the Monument I had seen today (I’ll be touring the southern portion of this huge Monument in about a week when I am staying in Kanab, UT).