Posted on: January 11 2013

Friday Photo: A Pretty Kind of “Pothole”


Thanks to Walt Biddle for sharing this photo of a lovely sunset viewed through the Mesa Arch at Canyonlands National Park in Utah. It’s no wonder the Mesa Arch is one of the park’s most popular hikes. Visitors can see the 50-foot arch and the dramatic 500-foot vertical cliff beyond it via an easy half-mile walk.

The arch is known as a “pothole arch” because of the way it formed. Water pooled over time behind the arch, gradually carving out the formation from the soft sandstone. Enjoy Walt’s full, uncropped image below. 

You can share your favorite national park image or see some of the other photos and ideas people have posted using the “Shared Story” feature on NPCA’s website.

-Jennifer Errick, Editor, Online Communications

Mesa Arch at Canyonlands by Walt Biddle

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