Tower Arch

April 16, 2012

 

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This was my first trip to Tower Arch in Arches National Park.  You drive to the far side of park and then take a dirt road for eight miles to the trailhead.  The hike is just under two miles to the arch and well worth it.  I got there in plenty of time to set up the tripod and enjoy the changing colors as the setting sun hit the red rocks.  After taking a bunch of pictures I packed up and headed back to the truck just as darkness set in.  The only problem was I couldn't find the cairns (stack of rocks) that guide you on the trail and wandered around in the dark for an hour getting more anxious by the minute.  I decided to head back to the arch and either wait for help or try to find the trail again at the arch.  After much frantic prayer I made it back to the arch and found the trail heading back.  It took me 40 minutes to hike in and just over two hours to hike back.  You can view more photos of Moab at http://www.marblejones.com/p505280945


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