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  posted on 8/10/2008 at 02:26 PM
A wonderful part of the world and one of my favorite destinations in the high deseert of Utah, you always wonder when one of the arches in the park will fall, and one did last week.

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Iconic stone arch collapses in southern Utah park

By MIKE STARK

ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) One of the largest and most photographed arches in Arches National Park has collapsed.

Paul Henderson, the park's chief of interpretation, said Wall Arch collapsed sometime late Monday or early Tuesday.

The arch is along Devils Garden Trail, one of the most popular in the park. For years, the arch has been a favorite stopping point for photographers.

Henderson said the arch was claimed by forces that will eventually destroy others in the park: gravity and erosion.

"They all let go after a while," he said Friday.





He said it's the first collapse of a major arch in the park since nearby Landscape Arch fell in 1991. No one has reported seeing it fall.

Like others in the park, Wall Arch was formed by entrada sandstone that was whittled down over time into its distinctive and photogenic formation.

The arch, first reported and named in 1948, was more than 33 feet tall and 71 feet across. It ranked 12th in size among the park's estimated 2,000 arches.

Rock has continued to fall from the remaining arms of the arch forcing the closure of a portion of the trail.

Officials from the National Park Service and the Utah Geological Survey visited the site Thursday, noting stress fractures in the remaining formation. The trail won't be opened until the debris is cleared away and it's safe for visitors, Henderson said.

 

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  posted on 8/11/2008 at 10:46 AM
Love this part of the country! Have camped throughout Southern Utah a few times and hiked through Arches a few times. In fact - just this weekend was discussing a trip out next year for some camping in western CO and visit to Moab and Arches. Thanks for the info, Derek - sending it off to my Utah travel/camping buddies.

 

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  posted on 8/11/2008 at 10:48 AM
One falls, another is being formed.

 

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  posted on 8/11/2008 at 01:38 PM
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Love this part of the country! Have camped throughout Southern Utah a few times and hiked through Arches a few times. In fact - just this weekend was discussing a trip out next year for some camping in western CO and visit to Moab and Arches. Thanks for the info, Derek - sending it off to my Utah travel/camping buddies.



Worth a 25-mile trip north to check out the haunting and amazing 2000-year old Sego Canyon Petroglyphs. Needles Overlook, just south of Moab, the first thing in the morning as dawn breaks is breathtaking, mastodon dinosaur footprints north of Moab is cool, hiking through the non-guided Needles Trail is awesome (parts of Needles is so maze-like that you have to have a guide so that you don't get lost in the high desert), Green River Overlook is incredible, and the high trail (not low one) to Double O Arch in Arches National Park is wonderful when wanting to see a beautiful sunset.

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  posted on 8/11/2008 at 02:00 PM
Been through Dead Horse Point and Island in the Sky parts of Canyonlands (and Green River Overlook) but didn't make it over to Needles due to time constraints. This is on my list, though. We did see some petroglyphs in Canyonlands but not in Sego Canyon ... am sticking this on that list, too!

 

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  posted on 8/11/2008 at 02:43 PM
gravity always wins

 

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