Photo Wonder: Mesa Arch
Why a Wonder: A spectacular arch extending past the edge of a sandstone cliff. The cliff face reflects and adds color to the warm light at sunrise which illuminates the underside of the arch.
Where: On the edge of “Island in the Sky” mesa in Canyonlands National Park, about 40 miles from Moab, UT. Parking for the trail (0.5 mile RT) is on the left about 13 miles inside the park.
When: At sunrise, year-round. The alignment of the sun with interesting background elements will vary depending on when you visit.
Photography: Mid-April is a good time to line up the sunrise with interesting background elements in the canyons beyond the arch as seen in this photo. Expect crowds of sunrise photographers every morning at this location. However, it is very much worth the effort to hike out to Mesa Arch in the dark to experience the beautiful combination of light and landscape you can experience there.
Learn More: Visit Canyonlands National Park website at - https://www.nps.gov/cany/index.htm
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