Arches National Park By Juan Yoni and Jesus

Located in Moab Utah

Founded by John "Doc" Williams

Citizens of Moab, particularly the community's first doctor and a young newspaper editor, were instrumental in spreading word about the magnificent sandstone arches and rock formations north of their frontier town. However, it took the persuasion of a Hungarian-born prospector to rope in the interest of those in power. Inspired by the the dramatic spires of Klondike Bluffs, Alexander Ringhoffer wrote to the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad, touting the region's potential as a tourist destination. Representatives from the railroad would tour the region with Ringhoffer, and later advocate for the establishment of a national park. President Herbert Hoover granted the region protection as Arches National Monument in 1929, and the park underwent a series of expansions are reorganizations during the mid-20th century. Interestingly, the park's most famous arch -- the picturesque Delicate Arch, symbol of Utah -- was not even included in the initial land grant under Hoover. It would take a 1938 expansion of the park by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to include it and other famous rock formations. Arches National Monument became Arches National Park in 1971.

  • In the year of 2015 there were approximetaly 1,399,247 visitors
  • In the year of 2014 there were 1,284,767 visitors
  • In the year of 2013 there were 1,082,866 visitors

In order to fund the park and keep it well maintained and keep all the roads and everything in condition they keep 80% of all their fees that were collectted in the year and it goes to all of that.

The Arches is a very rocky place and is almost like a desert. It has over 2,000 natural arches through out the entire park.

The climate of the Arches park consists of cold winters with highs averaging 30 degrees fahrenheit up to 50 degrees fahrenheit. And their lows range from 0 to 20 degrees fahrenheit. During the summers the temperatures go higher than 100 degrees F.

The Arches natioanl park is approximetly 119.8 square miles 76,359 acres

The one land form that you will see throughout the entire park ais the arch. There are thousands of them and there are some that are taller than 300 feet. You can also find tafoni there which is a small, rounded, smooth-edged openings in a rock surface, most often found in arid or semi-arid deserts. They can occur in clusters looking much like a sponge and are nearly always on a vertical or inclined face protected from surface runoff.

The wildlife in the park include deer, coyotes, porcupines, desert cottontails, black tailed jack raibbits, and many song birds, antelope, squirrels, chipmunks, lizards, snakes, hawks, and eagles.

The type of vegitation includes: wildflowers, shrubs, and the dominant plant is the pinyon- juniper woodland.


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