Landscape Arch is the longest Arch in Arches National Park, measuring 306 feet from base to base. In 1991, a massive slab of rock fell from its underside, resulting in an even thinner ribbon of rock.
[from the Arches National Park website]
SuperDad and I visited here in June of 1990, before Landscape Arch went on a crash diet. This time, I sent him with the kids and the camera while I took 800mg of Ibuprofen and rested my feet.
There is a wideness, a largeness, an immensity of the landscape here at Arches National Park that makes a person feel small and alone. It is a truly awesome place to visit, but I cannot imagine living in such a harsh environment.
But the Wolfe family did live here. Father and adult son for a decade, alone together, then adult daughter and her family joined them (and convinced the menfolk that a wood floor was a good thing to have).
How would you like to crowd your crew into this fixer-upper?
A Civil War veteran and his family were not the only ones to spend time in this lonesome yet beautiful place.
Ute people (Native American tribe from this region) moved into this region in the early 1300’s. We know that the horse was introduced to North America by the Spaniards in the mid-17th century; the experts believe these petroglyphs were carved sometime between 1650 and 1850.