navajo arch

Massive Navajo sandstone domes and fins, steep cliffs, and natural arches erupt out of the desert landscape within Utah’s Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area. The area’s extreme topography makes cross-country foot travel very challenging, yet possible. The highly scenic rock fins traversing the wilderness study area are popular subjects for photographers. Behind the Rocks offers amazing views of the La Sal mountains and is nearby to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. For those who prefer to catch their scenery at a little faster pace, there are plenty of nearby mountain biking trails and off-highway vehicle routes. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management, @mypubliclands.


10 minute timelapse tour of the U.S. Southwest. Whole lot of national parks, lots of sunsets, the Milky Way from park after park, and the occasional radio telescope.

2 of 17: The Navajo Arch

A side hike off the challenging Devil’s Garden Trail at Arches National Park outside Moab, Utah will reveal the delightful Navajo Arch. Formed by eons of erosion which breakdown Mesas into fins and then hollow out the fins to form arches. My son Parker and I felt like hobbits when we turned the corner and discovered the arch… Dreams of Tolkien…

 Camera: Nikon D810; 24 mm; f/3.5; 1/160s; ISO 100.