Mesa Arch

Mesa Arch Canyonlands National Park
Mark Zanzig/

Moab/UT, 16-SEP-03 – The morning sun delicately illuminates the Mesa Arch, creating a warm glow right below the arch. The arch is situated at the Canyonlands National Park, about 40 miles from Moab. Photographed using a Canon AE-1 Program camera on Fuji Sensia 100 slide film.
A shot from our 2003 trip to California, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. The Canyonlands National Park is certainly one of the highlights of any trip to Moab. Arches are created by “differential erosion”, that is the washing out of softer sandstone from the rock. If the softer sandstone happens to be below the harder parts of the rock, it may be washed out completely, just leaving the upper part of the stone and thus creating the arches that are typical for this area of Utah. Photographers visiting Mesa Arch will have the best light in the morning, as this view is to the east, and the warm reflections from the rocks below will create the “glow” you see in the photo. The National Park is open all year, 24 hours a day, and subject to entrance fees.

Canyonlands National Park (official site)
Mesa Arch on Google Maps
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