Early morning at Arches National Park in Moab, Utah. The creation of our National Parks is one of the smartest decisions our government has made in the last 100 years!
On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service, a new federal bureau in the Department of the Interior responsible for protecting the 35 national parks and monuments then managed by the department and those yet to be established.
Arches was originally named a National Monument on April 12, 1929. It was redesignated as a National Park on November 12, 1971.
Did You Know?
There are more than 2,000 arches in the park; to be classified as an arch, the opening must measure at least three feet across. The largest arch in the park, Landscape Arch, spans 306 feet (longer than a football field) base to base. New arches are constantly forming, while old ones occasionally collapse—most recently Wall Arch, which fell in 2008