Looking up at the seven-foot slope of orange rock, I’m starting to second-guess our decision to explore a lesser-known arch during a recent hike. To stand beneath the arch’s yawning shadow, one must first scramble up the wall I’m now facing.
This short upward hand-foot exchange requires some guts. I spot my path and decide to work fast — before my fear of heights can catch up to my body. Atop the ledge, I traverse to our destination.
This square-shaped arch — unlike its many curved siblings — frames a spectacular view of the sandy surroundings. My eyes focus on a nearby town. Up here, away from the paths most often traveled, we’ve escaped the bustle of fellow hikers and can enjoy a solitary moment in this orange outdoor haven.
This nook is accessible by foot, mountain bike or four-wheel-drive vehicle. And, of course, those willing to do a little hard work (like scrambling) reap the reward of a breathtaking view. See it for yourself. First, Where Am I?
Photograph by Jonathan Sparling
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