Windows and Turret.

Our final hike in Arches National Park was a loop trail – 1 mile (1.6 km) – that includes three large arches.

The Windows – also known as the Spectacles – are two very large arches eroded from the same sandstone fin.  Individually, the two arches are named North Window and South Window.  Bearing left on the loop trail, North Window is the first arch that is reached.  Visitors can easily climb up and stand or sit under this massive arch.  Continuing on the trail around a large sandstone extension from the fin, the South Window can be viewed from  the trail. A short spur leads to the base of the sandstone fin. South Window is higher than North Window and not easily accessed.

The third large arch, Turret Arch, lies in a castle-like sandstone formation.  A moderately strenuous climb though its span yields a view of the Windows framed by Turret Arch.

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Turret Arch, Arches national Park, Utah

Arches National Park.


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