Double Arch (Utah)

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Coordinates: 38°41′29″N 109°32′25″W / 38.69139°N 109.54028°W / 38.69139; -109.54028

Double Arch, August 2012

Double Arch is a close-set pair of natural arches in Arches National Park in southern Grand County, Utah, United States, that is one of the more known features of the park.

Description[edit]

The view from inside Double Arch, September 2004

The Double Arch parking area is a 0.5-mile (0.80 km) round trip to the arches that may be wheelchair accessible, with assistance.[1] No guardrails or fences prevent visitors from exploring directly beneath and through the arches.

Double Arch was formed differently from most of the arches in the park, it is what is known as a pothole arch, formed by water erosion from above rather than more typical erosion from the side. The larger opening has a span of 148 feet (45 m) and a height of 104 feet (32 m);[2] these dimensions give the arch the tallest opening and second-longest span in the park.[3]

The area was used as a backdrop for the opening scene of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, in which the arches are briefly visible. However, the cave shown in the movie does not exist.[4]

See also[edit]

Flag of Utah.svg Utah portal

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hiking: Easy Trails". nps.gov. National Park Service. Retrieved 10 Mar 2019.
  2. ^ Wilbur, Jay H. "NABSQNO 12S-626928-4283540". naturalarches.org. The Natural Arch and Bridge Society. Retrieved 10 Mar 2019.
  3. ^ "Arches' Rock Stars: Arches National Park". www.nps.gov. National Park Service. Retrieved 10 Mar 2019.
  4. ^ Wilbur, Jay H. "Natural Arches at the Movies". naturalarches.org. The Natural Arch and Bridge Society. Retrieved 10 Mar 2019.

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