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Utah: Grand twists, turns for hikers in Arches National Park
Utah: Grand twists, turns for hikers in Arches National Park

ARCHES NATIONAL PARK, Utah — I am seated on a narrow ledge waiting for the setting sun to add a golden glow to the famous Delicate Arch in Arches National Park. A tripod is wedged between my knees. There is not a lot of room here, and a misstep could result in a nasty fall. Far below, a lone hiker with a backpack walks by — just a small figure diminished by the large arch above him. Then, the light of the setting sun arrives. The red rock begins to glow, and everything else — the trail's 480 feet of elevation gain, the almost precarious perch and more — is swallowed up by the grandeur of the scene. There are more than 2,000 natural arches in Arches National...

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