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The Arches Trail is in the Losee Canyon area behind Red Canyon, to the Northwest. It is named
for 15 small arches on the trail, which also has many hoodoos and ledges accenting a red-orange
landscape with Juniper, Limber Pine, and Bristlecone Pine trees. At the bottom of the trail is the
stone shelter allegedly built by Butch Cassidy to cache supplies in his early days as an outlaw.

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At the beginning of the Arches Trail is a stone shelter which was allegedly built by Butch Cassidy to cache supplies. This image was taken on an overcast day in late June.

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Butch Cassidy’s Rock Shelter on the Arches Trail, taken in the mid-afternoon in late September. Butch Cassidy was a leader of the Wild Bunch Gang of outlaws in the late 19th century.

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Butch Cassidy’s Rock Shelter on the Arches Trail, shot in the late afternoon in September.
Butch Cassidy was a leader of the Wild Bunch Gang of outlaws in the late 19th century, and
he spent a considerable time in the Red Canyon area in the earlier part of his outlaw career.
He allegedly built the rock shelter to cache supplies while hiding out in the Red Canyon area.
Information on Butch Cassidy and shots of his boyhood home are on the Cassidy Trail page.

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Caves under the ledges in the middle part of the Arches Trail, taken in the mid-afternoon in late September.

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Ledges and red-orange hoodoo formations in the middle part of the Arches Trail, mid-afternoon in late September.

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One of the larger caves under the ledges in the middle part of the Arches Trail, taken in the
mid-afternoon on an overcast day in late June. Note the breccia at the base of the formation.

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Switchbacks on the Arches Trail leading up to the caves below the ledges. The larger
cave in the center was allegedly used by Butch Cassidy as a temporary hideout shelter.

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A Juniper stands beside the stone matrix of the breccia strip below the caves in the middle part of the Arches Trail, taken in the mid-afternoon on an overcast day in late June.

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The stone matrix in the Claron Formation breccia strip is in a sandstone and siltstone base and consists of quartzite, chert, white quartz, igneous rocks and limestone pebbles.

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The view across the ledges from the front of the larger cave in the middle part of the Arches Trail, mid-afternoon in June.

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The view across the ledges from above the larger cave in the middle part of the Arches Trail, mid-afternoon in September. Differences in color are caused by direct sunlight on the rock.

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A tree skeleton on the lower part of the Arches Trail, probably a Limber Pine.
The soft light of this overcast afternoon in late June was perfect for this sort of shot.

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A Bristlecone Pine root below the upper ledges on the Arches Trail, taken at mid-afternoon in September.

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A Juniper skeleton and live Junipers atop an upper ledge on the Arches Trail, mid-afternoon in September.

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Juniper and Limber Pine on the ledges above the caves, taken at mid-afternoon in June.

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Detail of the Juniper skeleton atop the upper ledge on the Arches Trail, taken in mid-afternoon in September.

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A Bristlecone Pine stands atop the ledge above the caves on the Arches Trail in the soft light of an overcast afternoon. The Bristlecone Pine is the oldest single living organism on Earth.

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The Bristlecone Pine atop the ledges above the caves and a view of the Paunsaugunt
Plateau beyond the distant fin in the background, taken on an overcast afternoon in June.

Some Bristlecone Pines are nearly 5000 years old, and they are the oldest single
living organisms on Earth (some clonal colonies such as the Pando Aspen grove
and the King’s Lomatia are as old as 50,000 to 80,000 years, although individual
plants of the colony are far younger). The oldest Bristlecone Pine (Prometheus),
4862 years old by ring count, was cut down by a research student in 1964. The
oldest living Bristlecone (4842 years) is Methuselah in the White Mountains.

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Gnarled Junipers on the slope below the caves piercing the upper ledges on the Arches Trail, mid-afternoon in late June.

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The limestone-capped, cavern-pierced upper ledges on the Arches Trail, taken in mid-afternoon in late September.

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An exceptionally well-formed section of the upper ledges on the Arches Trail. Note the
Junipers and Limber Pines maintaining a precarious foothold atop the limestone caprock.

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An ancient Limber Pine frames the first view of the Red Queen and the Windows Arches,
the namesake formation on the Arches Trail. Taken on an overcast afternoon in late June.

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The Red Queen stands beside the Windows Arches formation, taken at mid-afternoon
in September. While these are called arches, they are more properly windows in an eroding
fin formation, which is well on its way to becoming a set of individual hoodoos. The Red Queen
was once a part of the same fin formation, separating when the arch in between collapsed.

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The Red Queen has also been called “Lucy” based on its resemblance to the character in the Peanuts cartoon series.

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The Red Queen is one of the most prominent and well-known hoodoo formations on the Arches Trail.

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This shot of the Red Queen was taken about a half-hour after the
previous two images, with the light at a lower angle lighting the cheek.
The 700-series shots were all taken on an afternoon in September.

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The Red Queen hoodoo beside the Windows formation on the Arches Trail, taken when the sun broke from the clouds for a brief moment on an overcast afternoon in late June.

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The Red Queen hoodoo taken in the soft light of the overcast afternoon in June, just three minutes before the sun broke out for the image shown at left.

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The Red Queen and the Windows Arches formation from the downhill side, taken at mid-afternoon in September.

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The Red Queen and the Windows Arches formation from the downhill side, taken from a position further to the right.

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The Red Queen hoodoo and the Windows Arches formation, with an assortment of
gnarled trees and skeletons adorning the landscape below. Taken at mid-afternoon in June.

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The Red Queen standing above the Natural Bridge arch in the lower part of the Windows Arches formation.

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The delicate lintel of the Natural Bridge arch in the lower part of the Windows Arches formation on the Arches Trail.

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The Windows Arches formation on the Arches Trail. To the right of center is an hourglass window with a crack at the top which will soon be opened by frost wedging and further eroded by rain, eventually separating the right side of the window to form an individual hoodoo like the one on the far right of the image. All of the hoodoos in the area are formed by these erosion processes. Note how the narrower, more eroded portion of the fin is directly below a sedimentary boundary line. The layer above is a harder rock which partially shields the softer rock below from the elements.

The image at left shows part of the upper ledges and the Arches Trail framed by the hourglass window arch which is seen in the right center of the image above. Both images were taken in mid-afternoon in late September.

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The uphill side of the Windows Arches formation on an overcast afternoon in June.

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The rear of the Windows Arches from the trail below.

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A close oblique of the rear of the Windows Arches.

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A close oblique of the rear of the Windows Arches formation, taken about five minutes
before the previous image in the soft light of an overcast afternoon in late June. I waited for
five minutes in the hope that the sun might peek out from the clouds, and it did for image 2346.
I ended up liking the evenly lit image (2342 above), but you never know which look you will prefer...

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The individual hoodoo at the end of the Windows Arches formation, backlit in the mid-afternoon in late September.

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The individual hoodoo at the end of the Windows Arches formation, taken from the opposite, fully-lit side.

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An individual hoodoo below the Windows Arches formation, again taken in the mid-afternoon in late September.

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The opposite side of the hoodoo below the Windows Arches formation, which can be seen in the distant background.

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The Arches Trail crossing over an exposed Juniper root at the uphill side of
the Windows Arches formation, taken on an overcast afternoon in late June.

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A view of Casto Canyon Road and the Paunsaugunt Plateau from the ledges
above the caves atop the Arches Trail, taken on an overcast afternoon in June.

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A Pinyon Pine preserves a precarious perch on the precipice overlooking the Paunsaugunt Plateau.

That is without a doubt the most P’s I have ever used in a single sentence. I couldn’t resist...

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The Arches Trail passes below the Towers fin and hoodoo formation.
Note the caverns which pierce the lower section of the formation at right.

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A sun-bleached tree skeleton below the Towers formation on the Arches Trail.

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A sun-bleached tree skeleton stands on the slope below the Towers formation on the Arches Trail.

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A Limber Pine skeleton on the Arches Trail. The 2300-series images were all taken on an overcast afternoon in June.

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Stunted Bristlecone Pine trees rooted between rocks atop a ledge on the Arches Trail.

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