Monday, October 3, 2016

Arch Rock - Joshua Tree National Park

Arch Rock is located very close to White Tank Campground in JTNP. It is reached by following a very short trail, and is very much worth the effort. The surrounding area is also gorgeous, and includes a couple of natural tanks. (tanks being areas where water naturally gathers).  It's not a huge arch, but there is more than enough room to stand in it and have your photo taken.




Here are a few photos from the area.
 Although they don't look very large in this photo, these rocks are huge.



A rock shelter right in the campground. 


 This one looks like a whale. Maybe Moby Dick...


The boulder in the middle also looks like a whale's head and teeth (in the middle of the photo).

This short hike is great for those who either can't, or won't expend much energy. 

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36 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lazy people.
Very colorful photos. I can definitely see both whales.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, the arch is cool. Reminds of the rock formations at Arches Nat'l Park. Happy Monday, enjoy your new week ahead!

Baby Sister said...

So that's where Moby ended up! The rock shelter looks like a mouth open really wide to swallow something. :)

Beautiful pictures!

Brian said...

Dang, Moby is very impressive!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

The arch is cool, but I like your shots of the surrounding area even more! The whales are great and the rock formations magical.

Pat Tillett said...

Alex J. Cavanaugh - Looking at the rocks there is like looking at the clouds. You can always see some kind of animal or creature.

eileeninmd - Hi Eileen! The arches there (in Arches NP) are amazing! Nothing like that down here. You enjoy your week as well.

Baby Sister - Yep! The mystery is over. Thanks Amanda...

Brian - Yep! It is pretty realistic!

Spare Parts and Pics - Thanks so much! There is so much to see there. Much of it amazing... Of course, I know you love it there as much as I do.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I remember this -- and we loved it. Thanks for the memories.

Sincerely,
Can't and Won't (but wish they could and would)

Lady Fi said...

Love Moby! What great stone formations.

DEZMOND said...

that arch is really interesting

jeannettestgermain said...

Thanks so much for giving us a view of this hike! The thumbnail you shared -with many thanks for SEASONS -
looks to me like a mitten with a thumb. And you second image, reminds me on the underside of an arm, seeing it from the backside - don't worry if you don't see it, my imagination runs wild here:) Have a great week!

Pat Tillett said...

Sallie (Fulltime-Life) - My pleasure! I hope you get back there someday.

Lady Fi - Me too! I should do a post on all rocks I've seen that look like something else.

DEZMOND - It's a good one, but not too large. thanks DEZ...

jeannettestgermain - You are welcome! I guess it does look like a mitten. Imagination is what makes looking at this stuff fun...

Al said...

Beautiful place and photos - it is tough to get a sense of scale for these huge rocks.

Pat Tillett said...

Al - Thanks Al! You are right, in person is by far the best way.

Ron said...

The formations of these rocks are just beautiful! And your talent with the camera REALLY bring out their beauty! I can definitely see the whale's head and teeth :)

Thanks for sharing your hike, Pat!

Pat Tillett said...

Ron - Thanks so much for the nice words Ron!
I really do appreciate them.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

It's interesting to see whales in these rocks. The rock itself looks both rough and smooth, somehow. Joshua Tree is very pretty.

Icy BC said...

Your photos are just amazing and showed how beautiful our world really is..

I wish I was younger to explore :)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Nice to be back in Joshua Tree National Park Pat ☺ love the huge smooth rock formations. Every time I read about your explorations here it makes me want to head out to the Pinnacles, a rocky area a bit inland that I haven't explored yet.. Any day now ☺

William Kendall said...

Starkly beautiful!

Trish said...

Your desert is breathtaking. I love the rock formations.

Sharon Wagner said...

I guess they are like clouds. Shapes certainly are evident. I easily see the skull below and the whale above. Mother nature has such a sense of humor. Thanks for all your comments and extended blog visit! You're awesome.

Pat Tillett said...

Rawknrobyn - I agree! There are a lot of formations with "whale" looking rocks in them. I need to go through my photos, and dig out all the ones that look like something else.

Icy BC - Thank you very much! It really is a beautiful planet. I wish I was younger to explore also.

PerthDailyPhoto - Thanks Grace! After reading what you said, I was on Google in about five seconds. WOW! What an amazing place. I'm going back to find out more right now!

William Kendall - It certainly is both of those things.

Trish - I feel the same way Trish. We live very close to the ocean, and my family thinks I'm crazy because I could easily live in the desert. Hmm, they could be right.

Sharon Wagner - Yep, just like clouds and our bathroom floor tile. So many hidden images can be round there. The comments are my pleasure. I can't get on the computer everyday, so I'm always playing catch-up. thanks for the nice words.

NatureFootstep said...

lol, in this area you have tons of photo opportunities :) Nice place.

robin andrea said...

You find the most beautiful places to walk and photograph. Love these rocks. Truly stunning.

TexWisGirl said...

yes, definitely whales! :)

Pat Tillett said...

NatureFootstep - Oh yeah! Too many opportunities.

robin andrea - Thanks Robin! Yep, there are so many places out there.

TexWisGirl - I agree! I'm going to dig through some photos and see how many of those I have photos of. I think it is quite a few.

Al Penwasser said...

I saw the picture first, then read your description. I was relieved that it wasn't odd that I saw teeth.

visualnorway said...

One more fascinating post. The ice must have done a very thorough job here, judging by all the polishing that has been done. Some of the shapes (especially the two on the top) could have been from a modernistic sculptor's studio. The whale looks to me like a surrealistic cranium. Something for everyone!

Stewart M said...

Great looking rocks - we have some similar structures in South Australia. You should visit!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Pat Tillett said...

Al Penwasser - Nope! The first thing I saw was the teeth.

visualnorway - Thanks! Every time I go there, I see different things.

Stewart M - I would love to visit. I don't know if it will ever happen, but I hope so. I think I'd have to be there for months to see even half of what I'd want to.

Lynda R Young said...

Oh my gosh, some of those photos look like paintings. So gorgeous!

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Ann Carbine Best said...

Ah, the amazing western USA desert. I kind of miss it, though if I left Virginia I know I'd miss the green too. I haven't stopped by for quite a while, as I went to WordPress for a while and lost touch with "old" Blogger friends. But I'm now back to Blogger to reconnect with a few special "old" friends from the past. It would seem that you are still enjoying your travels. The Joshua tree really brings back memories for me. Thank you!

Pat Tillett said...

Lynda R. Young - Hi there! It is an amazing area. Thanks for stopping by.

Ann Carbine Best - Hi Ann! I love the deserts and the mid-Atlantic area as well. I used to work in DC and stayed in Virginia. I've been out and about for most of the last two months. Much of it with very limited internet. So, I haven't been on here much. Thanks for the comment. I'll be over!

Keri said...

I am so happy to have found your blog. I am deeply fascinated by history, specifically of the southwestern USA. I've driven through some backroads of the Mojave, and this has me itching to go back. Thank you!

Pat Tillett said...

Keri - I'm also happy you found it! I feel the same way about the southwest. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. I just went to your blog, that was a great first post. Do you have an active one? Thanks again!