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Delicate Arch in Arches National Park , Utah, United States. A natural arch , natural bridge or, less commonly, a rock arch is a natural rock formation where an arch has formed with an opening underneath.
Q: Can I go backpacking in the park?
A: A limited number of backcountry sites/permits are available. You will only be able to reach these sites from outside the park or by being dropped off at trailheads so vehicles are not left overnight in the park during the night time closure.
The wildlife-rich islands are more tourist-friendly than you think
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John Muir wrote articles popularizing the area and increasing scientific interest in it. Muir was one of the first to theorize that the major landforms in Yosemite Valley were created by large alpine glaciers, bucking established scientists such as Josiah Whitney , who regarded Muir as an amateur.  Muir wrote scientific papers on the area's biology. Landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted emphasized the importance of conservation of Yosemite Valley.
With their long history of mining, for turquoise, iron, silver and other metals, the hills are riddled with holes, but most have been fenced off or wholly reclaimed. The trails are well-marked, with signs offering information about the productivity of the mines and tales of the miners who carved a rugged living from these mountains between Santa Fe and Albuquerque. At the base of the hills, the tiny, dusty town of Cerrillos is a photographer's dream. Several movies have been filmed along the town's dirt streets, including Young Guns . Just down the road, the artist community of Madrid offers an assortment of shops and galleries, as well as one of the state's oldest saloons, the Mineshaft Tavern.