Mesa Arch

Canyonlands National Park, UT


The Mesa Arch is the “crown jewel” of the Canyonlands National Park. It is truly one of the great wonders of the southwest and provides a view you will never see anywhere else on earth.

What makes the Mesa Arch so special is the combination of several improbable events coming together at the same spot. First, you have an oddly placed arch teetering on the ledge of a 1,000ft. vertical drop. Then you have this magical red glow that only appears under the arch for the first hour or so after sunrise. And finally, you have this unworldly view of Buck Canyon with its moon-like floor and perfectly placed monuments. All of this topped with a spectacular view of the rugged White Rim and the La Sal Mountains in the distance.

When you first see the red glow under the arch at sunrise you cannot help but to be astonished, and looking around you ask yourself, “How did this happen?”


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