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Hot Desert, Cool Rocks, Arches National Park part 3

Hiking around the Utah desert for hours when it was in the mid-90s in mid-May made my head hot. Walking in a slot canyon an idea came to me as I touched the cool sandstone cliffs on a three feet wide trail. My face would cool down if I rested it against the rock.

Rock facing did make me feel cooler.

Until the next group of hikers came by staring at my up close and personal moment with red sandstone on my face.


Narrow spaces between tall, cool rocks upright in the sand near Sand Dune Arch trail.



People jam in the slot. There was only space for one person at a time in this crevice on the trail.

Walking Sand Dune Arch trail in midday after being baked by the sun for a couple of hours was a refreshing walk in the sand. There was something very cool about this space, even beyond the temperature.


Resting my hot face and head against the cool Navajo sandstone rock face was the next best thing to a cool drink.

Sand Dune Arch Trail is considered one of the easiest trails in Arches National Park and a good trail for kids.


Sand Dune Arch, Arches National Park.

There was an animistic feel to this place.


Utah Rocks.


This is part 3 in a series of posts on Arches National Park, Utah from a trip May 14, 2013.

Part One – Regional lodging information and Arches National Park Scenic Road from the park entrance to Balanced Rock.

Part Two – The Windows Section of Arches National Park where easy walking trails route through a high concentration of sandstone arches.

Part Three – Sand Dune Arch Trail – Narrow sandstone walls and kid friendly short trail.

Part Four – Devils Garden hiking trail at the northern end of the paved road in Arches N.P.

Part Five – Canyonlands National Park, Utah

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