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Photo of the day: Setting sun, rainstorm bathe Delicate Arch in a whole new light

The sun sets as a rainstorm blows over Delicate Arch in Arches National Park near Moab on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021.
The sun sets as a rainstorm blows over Delicate Arch in Arches National Park near Moab on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

A rainstorm over Arches National Park near Moab on Saturday provided visitors with breathtaking sights of Delicate Arch and its surrounding environs, all captured by photojournalist Spenser Heaps.

The arch, which is a widely recognized symbol of the Beehive state (it’s even featured on many Utah license plates) is also one of the most famous geologic features in the world.

The opening beneath the arch is 46 feet high and 32 feet wide, making it the largest free-standing arch in the park, according to the National Park Service.

The arch, composed of Entrada sandstone, was originally a sandstone fin that was gradually worn away by weather and erosion, leaving the arch.

While the arch isn’t visible from the park’s main road, visitors can walk a level 100 yards to see it from a mile away. The trail to the arch is three miles round trip and climbs 480 feet. Along the way, visitors will pass the Wolfe Ranch cabin and a wall of Ute Indian petroglyphs.

A double rainbow is pictured in the sky at Arches National Park near Moab on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021.
A double rainbow is pictured in the sky at Arches National Park near Moab on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
The setting sun illuminates falling rain inside Arches National Park near Moab on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021.
The setting sun illuminates falling rain inside Arches National Park near Moab on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News
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