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The natural beauty and majesty of nature overwhelm many people when they visit national parks. Others, however, have a . . . less enthusiastic response. One visitor to Arches National Park in Utah left a review that fell into the latter category:

“Delicate arch looks like it might fall over at any time. It might fall over in the future. Doesn’t look anything like the license plate.”

We can’t speak to the arch falling over in the future because we’re not psychic, but its delicate-looking structure is part of what makes these features so magnificent. These rock formations are unlike anything else in the world.

Arches National Park

Landscape Arch in Arches National Park, UT

As for the arches not looking anything like the license plate . . . perhaps this particular visitor should’ve just looked at some license plates instead of making the trek out to the national park.

Arches license plate

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Arches: a Red Rock Paradise

Arches National Park contains over 2,000 natural stone arches, including the Delicate Arch featured on the license plate. Humans have occupied this area since the last ice age, 10,000 years ago, and the Fremont and Ancient Pueblo Peoples lived there until about 700 years ago. This has long been an area of interest for geologists and archaeologists alike, not to mention tourists anxious to see the natural beauty for themselves. President Herbert Hoover designated Arches as a national monument shortly after his inauguration in 1929 for its scientific and educational value. Later, President Richard Nixon formally declared the area a national park in 1971.


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