Geologic Artistry at Arches and Canyonlands National Parks

I have an art assignment for you. Your medium is buried sandstone. Your tools are sunlight, wind, rain, and snow. You have 65 million years to create something astonishing. Get going.

It wouldn’t be a stretch to call Arches and Canyonlands National Parks two of the most beautiful outdoor art galleries in the world. Carol and I visited these parks in southeastern Utah for the first time in early November. We hiked through landscapes of massive red rock fins, giant pinnacles, and balanced boulders that seemed precariously poised to tumble. At Canyonlands, the breadth of geologic forces at work left us feeling quite small. Photos are inadequate to capture these extraordinary landscapes, yet I had to try.

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