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Rainbow Down

Rainbow Down Art Print

Here is another view and close-up of a rainbow raining down on beautiful Arches National Park in Utah.   There were a lot of photogs out on this Sunday. One guy had a huge L lens shooting all over the place… I had to yell at him to turn around to get this before it was gone.  He did not even see it.   We laughed and he thanked me.   It was fun chasing this rainbow around the park to get diffient views of something incredible happening on the landscape.  Put this place on your bucket list, well worth the fun and journey.

Humans have occupied the region since the last ice age 10,000 years ago. Fremont people and Ancient Pueblo People lived in the area up until about 700 years ago. Spanish missionaries encountered Ute and Paiute tribes in the area when they first came through in 1775, but the first European-Americans to attempt settlement in the area were the Mormon Elk Mountain Mission in 1855, who soon abandoned the area. Ranchers, farmers, and prospectors later settled Moab in the neighboring Riverine Valley in the 1880s. Word of the beauty of the surrounding rock formations spread beyond the settlement as a possible tourist destination.

The Arches area was first brought to the attention of the National Park Service by Frank A. Wadleigh, passenger traffic manager of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. Wadleigh, accompanied by railroad photographer George L. Beam, visited the area in September 1923 at the invitation of Alexander Ringhoffer, a Hungarian-born prospector living in Salt Valley. Ringhoffer had written to the railroad in an effort to interest them in the tourist potential of a scenic area he had discovered the previous year with his two sons and a son-in-law, which he called the “Devil’s Garden” (known today as the “Klondike Bluffs”). Wadleigh was impressed by what Ringhoffer showed him, and suggested to Park Service director Stephen T. Mather that the area be made a national monument.

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Intense Rainbow Chasing in the Southwest

Here is another view and close-up of rain and an intense rainbow raining down on beautiful Arches National Park in Utah.  We chased this rainbow all over the park.  Fun Day.

 

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Arches National Park Utah Castle Panorama

Arches Castle Panorama

Panorama view of the Castle in Arches National Park in Utah.  Wingate sandstone ( 200 million years old) – Orange-red rocks of the wingate sandstone are solidified sand dunes. A desert as large as the Sahara once drifted here. Wind blown sand were buried by newer sediments and cemented  into stone, eventually eroding to form the spires of the Castle and the high cliffs surrounding the Fruita area.

Chinle Formation ( 225 million years old) – Gray-green and purple layers of the Chinle Formation were deposited as volcanic  ash drifted down upon a low, swampy floodplain. Lowland conifer trees fell into the swamps mud to become petrified wood. Phytosaurs , crocodile-like reptiles 18 feet long lived in the shallow lakes and meandering rivers.

Moenkopi Formation (245 million years old) – Brick-red layers of the Moenkopi Formation are full of ripple marks and mud cracks, This was an arid, subtropical land of river deltas, tidal mudflats, and a shallow sea. Small lizard-like reptiles left footprints and swim smears in mud covered by shallow water.

 

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Arches Utah Rainbow

Utah Rainbow

This is from our road trip to Arizona and back. Nothing like seeing a rainbow in a scenic place like Arches Nation Park in Utah.  The colors with the snow caped mountains in the distance, what a sight to see.  I chased this rainbow from a few different places, a spectacular view.

Arches National Park is a US National Park in eastern Utah. The park is located on the Colorado River 4 miles (6 km) north of Moab, Utah. It is known for containing over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the world-famous Delicate Arch, in addition to a variety of unique geological resources and formations.

The park is located just outside of Moab, Utah, and is 76,679 acres (119.811 sq mi; 31,031 ha; 310.31 km2) in area.  Its highest elevation is 5,653 feet (1,723 m) at Elephant Butte, and its lowest elevation is 4,085 feet (1,245 m) at the visitor center. Forty-three arches are known to have collapsed since 1977. The park receives 10 inches (250 mm) of rain a year on average.

The national park lies atop an underground evaporate layer or salt bed, which is the main cause of the formation of the arches, spires, balanced rocks, sandstone fins, and eroded monoliths in the area. This salt bed is thousands of feet thick in places, and was deposited in the Paradox Basin of the Colorado Plateau some 300 million years ago when a sea flowed into the region and eventually evaporated.

 

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