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Natural Arches Trail
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2018-01-03  
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Natural Arches TrailVegas, NV
Vegas, NV
Hiking avatar Jan 03 2018
Steph_and_Blake
Hiking3.70 Miles
Hiking3.70 Miles   3 Hrs   30 Mns   1.48 mph
   1 Hour    Break
 
1st trip
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We started off the day wanting to see the arches (Fragile and Double, so-named, I think, by BluuGnome) along the Natural Arches trail. However, the sign at the trailhead said that the arch had fallen. :( We decided to check it out anyway. About a mile and a quarter into the hike, though, we'd had about enough of the sandy slog. Don't get me wrong, the visuals were outstanding and there were more arches and windows than could be counted. Oh, and it was really fun to try and figure out what beings (animal, reptile, or bird) had made the endless numbers of tracks in the sand.

So, we left the trail and traversed east over the sandstone to the roughly parallel canyon to the east (Saint Thomas Wash). Two of us were taken by complete surprise when the sandstone we were leaning on or using as support while scrambling completely collapsed. :o

Heading down (south) Saint Thomas Wash we kept to the right and tried to pick out game trails that had solid footing. Not always easy. Eventually we came to the east entrance self-pay station. From there we picked up the trail to Elephant Rock (one of a few elephant-shaped sandstone formations we'd see during the trip) and continued west along the road to get back to our vehicles.

I should mention that the whole time we kept seeing what looked like horse manure and wondered why someone would take a horse into those areas - especially the traverse we did to get from Natural Arches over to Saint Thomas. Days later, upon leaving the park, we saw four wild horses. I guess they like to explore too??
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