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This vast area was once covered by extensive sand dunes. Some 200 million years ago, winds from the northwest carried tons of fine-grained sand into this area, creating an immense desert.
Over time, the sand drifts were covered by other layers of . . . — — Map (db m160002) HM
The forces of erosion are sculpting more than just arches. Balanced Rock clearly shows the various layers responsible for this amazing defiance of gravity.
The caprock of the hard Slick Rock Member of the Entrada Sandstone is perched upon a . . . — — Map (db m52002) HM
The third largest arch in the park, Double Arch's larger span is 144 feet wide by 112 feet high (44 by 34 meters). The smaller opening is 67 feet wide by 86 feet high (20 by 26 meters).
For a closer look at Double Arch, walk this easy trail . . . — — Map (db m131861) HM
Height: flower stalk 1'-3'
Flower: greenish-yellow to cream
Each yucca species is pollinated only by one specific yucca moth; neither could survive without the other. A yucca blooms most years, with showy, bell-like . . . — — Map (db m159954) HM
In the Windows area, you can see many stages of arch formation. Look closely. Some arches are hard to see because of rock walls behind them.
Entrada Sandstone — the rocks in which arches are formed — was deposited here as sand more . . . — — Map (db m160003) HM
Flower: small, in showy yellow clusters
Bloom: late summer-autumn
This common shrub has green photosynthetic stems. In autumn, it is covered by gold blooms. The flowers provide a late-season source of nectar for . . . — — Map (db m159955) HM
John Wesley Wolfe settled here in the late 1800s with his oldest son Fred. A nagging leg injury from the Civil War prompted John to move west from Ohio, looking for a drier climate. He chose this tract of more than 100 acres along Salt Wash for . . . — — Map (db m132029) HM