Sunday, September 12, 2010

Arch Rock

We recently spent a morning at Arch Rock and Belle campgrounds in the national park. The campgrounds were closed, so no one was around--utter peace and quiet. We parked at the road and walked back to the boulders. Above is Arch Rock itself.

There are some impressive rock formations all through the area.

According to the posted sign, the line of rocks embedded in the boulder above is called a dike. It was formed by molten rock pushing into existing joint fractures. Often you can follow the lines as they wind through the landscape.

A few weeks ago, lightning started a fire at Keys View which burned over 100 acres. We drove up there and saw the burn area, which extended almost to the road.