As we crossed the Rockies, which never cease to amaze us, and entered the desert terrain, the geography became quite desolate, and bleak. Miles and miles of nothing - we imagined the journey of the settlers of this early country and how they must have felt as they worked daily to survive. Then the terrain began to change, rising up into hills and tall rock structures, the color changing from neutral to a warm red hue.
The campground we chose happened to be right in town, but set back from the road a little ways. The way it was situated you didn't see the main street, or cars going by. Road noise was also minimal, which was surprising. It felt like a more isolated camping experience. Settled in, we waited for the rest of the family to arrive, and spent the first night relaxing and catching up.
|Park Avenue Viewpoint and Trailhead|
|Tower of Babel|
Unless there is something in the photo to give the landscape scale, it is very difficult to describe the vastness and drama of this space. Due to weather, and fault line activity, this area of the state is created through movement and time. And it will continue to change over the years. Arches wear away to the point where they collapse...it's only a matter of time. But new arches are created even as the old disappear.
|North Window - 3-photo sequence|
We would love to go back again, as there was so much to see in such a little time. But perhaps a spring or fall trip would be more comfortable? Enjoy this portrait of another beautiful area of our country.
|Pine Tree Arch - 2-photo sequence|