Arches National Park Visitors Center
Delicate Arch is one of the iconic symbols of Utah.
The Arches National Park visitor center features exhibits, bookstore, and restrooms.
At 306 feet long, Landscape Arch is the longest arch in the park.
Backstory and Context
The history of Arches of how it came to be was millions of years of erosion, deposition, and other events that shaped the park to what it is now. Humans have occupied the area since the last ice age 10,000 years ago. Ancient Pueblo and Fremont people occupied the region for about 700 years. In 1775, Spanish missionary expeditions discovered Ute and Paiute tribes within the area. The Mormon Elk Mountain Mission in 1855 was the first European-American attempt to settle the area. It was abandoned until ranchers, prospectors, and farmers settled the area near Moab close to the Riverine Valley in the 1880’s.