There are many families that are stuck at home this summer and unable to travel. Whether it be due to finances, or needing to stay home in the climate that we are living in. Not being able to travel during summer break has been very difficult. There are have been lots of family vacations and summer plans that are cancelled. Since most of us are stuck at home longing for adventure, its the perfect time to explore from home.
Your family is going to love these free resources for discovering Arches National Park.
Arches National Park sits on the banks of the Colorado River. It is located in Eastern Utah, between Moab and the Colorado River and covers 119 square miles. It is considered a high desert climate with very hot summers, very cold winters and little rainfall each year. In 1920, the area became Arches National Monument. It did not become an official National Park until November 12, 1971.
This park is known for its namesake arch, and many other fascinating, red rock formations in the desert of the West. There are over 2,000 natural sandstone arches. It has land forms, and formations unlike anywhere else in the world. It is a favorite for hikers, rock climbers, and mountain bikers.
The longest arch in the park is the Landscape Arch with a light opening of 306 feet across. The tallest arch is the Double Arch South. This arch has a vertical light opening of 112 feet.
The sunsets and desert colors in this park are breathtaking. It is also a wonderful place to view the night sky with zero light pollution. It is home to some fantastic, adaptive animals such as the bighorn sheep, mule deer, peregrine falcons, mountain lions, bob cats, and many desert snakes and lizards.
If you are studying geology in your science curriculum, this would make for a great unit study. Learn more about the geology from Arches National Park:
- Learn about the many different geological formations.
- Rock Strata
- Hard Core Rock Curricula
- Rocks and Minerals Lesson Plans
FREE Resources for Discovering Arches National Park:
Learn more about the wildlife and wildlife viewing of Arches National Park from Animals Network.
Learn about the state of Utah as part of our 50 State Series:
Websites and Virtual Tours:
Virtual tours are great for supplementing when you can’t get out to explore. They provide your children the opportunity to explore an amazing place that they may never get a chance to visit due to financial cost, or a far off location. You will enjoy the variety in these different tours that show off the most breathtaking parts of Arches National Park.
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