Eye of the Whale Arch, Arches National Park

Arches 4X4 Tour - 8am, 1pm, 4pm - $85 Adult & $75 Youth

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Tower Arch national park tourVisit Arches National Park and discover iconic landforms of contrasting colors and textures unlike any other in the world. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its dynamics of erosion.  Even in this day of spiraling visitation our tour leads you into the solitude of Arches that few get to experience.

Our 4x4 trail begins near Doc Williams Point, a NAVTEC family pedigree. The trail climbs a steep, but short rock wall, cuts across a valley and meanders through sandstone fins and dunes. En-route we pass the Marching Men, Tower Arch, and the Eye of the Whale. We exit via an old cowboy trail and see Dinosaur tracks on our way back to Moab.

Roughly 65 million years ago, Arches was a dry seabed and massive desert full of shifting sand dunes. The rock layers visible in the park today were once buried by over a mile of other rock that had to erode first to expose what we see today.

how arches are formed

Beneath the surface a thick layer of salts, squeezed by tons of rock above it, flowed and bulged upward, creating long domes. The sandstone layers covering these domes were forced to crack. Water seeped into these fractures breaking off chunks of sandstone. This process turned fractured rock layers into fins or a series of parallel lines. Rainwater soaked into the porous sandstone slowly dissolving the calcite bonding the sand. 

This trapped water expanded and contracted during freeze thaw cycles eroding the fins into arches. The fact that so many arches still stand, tells us this area has been rather geologically stable for at least 50,000 years.


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Trip Details:

Half-day Arches 4X4 tours depart at 8:00 AM, 1:00 PM, or 4:00 PM. Meet us at the NAVTEC Expedition office 15 minutes prior to departure. We are located at 321 N. Main St. Moab, Utah. We have plenty of parking for your convenience. Pick-up from local hotels, motels, and campgrounds is also available upon advance request. We will take you to Arches National Park in our comfortable 4X4 vehicles and return you when the trip ends. Reservations are recommended certain trip minimums apply.

Trips Operate:
  • Year round
Times:
  • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM -- Morning tour
  • 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM -- Afternoon tour
  • 4:00 PM to 8:00pm -- Sunset tour
Cost: $85 Adult & $75 Youth (16 and under) + tax
Included:
  • National Park Tour by Four Wheel Drive Vehicle
  • Pick-up from your motel or campground, if needed
  • Parking available at the NAVTEC office
  • Ice water and lemonade
  • Licensed experienced guide service
Not Included:
  • Park Entrance Fees ($10 per person, $25 maximum, or park pass)
  • Gratuities to guides
  • Signature on required "Acknowledgement of Risk" form
What to bring:
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, visor or hat (sun protection)
  • Water bottle, we have the refills
  • Camcorders and cameras carried at own risk
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