Arches

When one thinks of Utah, arches immediately come to mind. After all, Utah has the iconic Delicate Arch on both its license plate and US quarter coin.

This map set has over 850 natural arches and bridges all with a custom arch symbol for rapid identification. The previous version had less than 200 arches sourced from the USGS Geographic Names Database, the same dataset that provides the 30,000+ Points of Interest for Utah. Over 800 of these arches and bridges have geotagged photos to aid your search, see here. The 850 arches combined with the custom arch symbol are unique to Above the Timber's Utah map, nothing else on the map market compares.

No arch count inflation, if an arch contains multiple holes then it is listed as Name Arches, not a seperate arch for each hole to up the arch count. One popular Utah arch site uses this trick to inflate its arch count. An example, Colonnade Arches has four distinct arch holes, on these maps it is simply Colonnade Arches, not N, S, E, W Colonnade Arch to make it into four "unique" arches.

 

       

The three GPS screenshots above give you an idea of the vast number of arches on the Utah topos. Left is the Devils Garden section of Arches National Park. Center is the BLM lands west of Moab, commonly know as the Gemini Bridges area. Right is a portion of the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. At the 1-mile scale shown, the contours are 200-feet and don't overwhelm the screen. When you zoom in a little more the 40-foot contours dominate until the scale is about 800-feet.

While most of the arches are in SE Utah, all regions of the state have arches and all are included. There is a tendency of bridges to be named arches, if it's created by water erosion, it's a bridge.

Some of my thoughts on arch hunting, see here.