We woke up and Devils Garden Campground in Arches, and in the relative cool of the morning we followed the trail out of Devils Garden to see the largest natural span in existence: Landscape Arch. At 290 feet, the span is as long as a football field.
If you haven't ever seen Landscape Arch, you should bump it up to the top of your bucket list, because I don't think it is going to persist much beyond our collective life times. Since 1991, slabs measuring 30, 47 and 70 feet have dropped off the thinnest part of the arch. The trail under the arch was closed years ago for fear of rocks falling on visitors. The folks at Wikipedia think that it might mean there is less weight being supported by the arch, but I think that the math is increasingly working against the continued existence of the sandstone span.
|The raven apparently supports an alternate hypothesis of arch formation.|
Abandoned Lands of the Colorado Plateau. It's kind of hard to be describing a very crowded national park as an abandoned place, but it was abandoned already by the Native Americans, the original ranchers, the uranium miners, and when the price of oil becomes prohibitively expensive, I worry it will be abandoned by our society as well. In the meantime, it is a place of beauty and inspiration.