In Praise of Place: A Hike Through the Fiery Furnace, Arches National Park

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Red rock and blue sky: view from the Fiery Furnace Red rock and blue sky: view from the Fiery Furnace

We saved a grand adventure for our last full day in Utah on this season’s vacation: a ranger-led hike through the hidden wonderlands of the Fiery Furnace, a region of towering red rock fins and spires, with a few seldom-seen arches thrown in for good measure.

Rather than attempt to tell the story in text punctuated by images, as is my habit, I’ve decided to describe this journey mostly through the images themselves (and their accompanying captions).

By way of preface: this area of Arches National Park has no designated trails and access is limited to those who either obtain a special permit or join up with one of the ranger-led tours. The justification for this is that it’s too easy to become lost among the maze-like passages of the massive fins. A more enlightened view of the Park…

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