Weekly Photo Challenge – Inside (The Fiery Furnace)

The Fiery Furnace, Arches National Park

The Fiery Furnace, Arches National Park

During my most recent adventure to Moab, Utah, I had the opportunity to do a fabulous hike in Arches National Park. As one might guess from its name, Arches contains many natural red rock arches. In addition, the park sports other geologic features unique to the region. We hiked the Fiery Furnace with our guide – Park Ranger Allison.

A huge collection of rock spires, fins, arches and crevices, the Fiery Furnace is a natural maze where those who enter had better know it well or go with a guide. For those who do enter without a guide, the National Park Service requires a permit. It’s very easy to get lost in the Fiery Furnace. During our hike, we scrambled up slick rock, jumped over crevices, crawled through cracks, slid down rocks and had a grand old time! The shot above shows an outsider’s view of the Fiery Furnace. The shot below shows members of our group hiking through spires. Can you guess where The Fiery Furnace gets its name?

Inside the Fiery Furnace

Inside the Fiery Furnace

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39 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Inside (The Fiery Furnace)

  1. bikerchick57 says:

    Gorgeous country and fabulous photo, Cathy.

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  2. Amazing photographs….They are so full of color and character….
    Pankaj
    http://globalsafari.wordpress.com/

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  3. nylonliving says:

    Reblogged this on Just Go Places and commented:
    Arches National Park, Moab, Utah

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  4. vastlycurious.com says:

    Simply beautiful Cathy ! You’ve got me scrambling for actual old negatives of my hike in Sedona!

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  5. Carrie Rubin says:

    Gorgeous photos! I hope you’re doing okay in Colorado. Any flooding by you?

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thanks, Carrie! We’re fine. Our house is on high ground – about 300 feet above the prairie with no streams or rivers nearby, but a number of main roads on the north side of town are closed and the interstate from here to Denver is closed because of high waters from the rivers. The good news is that it has stopped raining and the sun came out today! Thanks for asking!

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  7. unfetteredbs says:

    you have some amazing adventures Cathy. How beautiful and how lucky we are that you share. ( I am glad you are safe..things are pretty wet for my sister in Arvada)

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thank you, Audra. It’s still pretty soggy, but our home is fine and most of the city of Fort Collins is okay. Is your sister’s home okay? Arvada is on the west side of Denver and some of the western communities got hit pretty hard.

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  8. I’m just amazed. It’s so beautiful, and it must be absolutely breathtaking up close. I don’t know where it gets its name? Are you okay, by the way, with the flooding? I’ve been hearing bits on the news, but I haven’t seen any coverage. Are you all right? I hope you’re dry and everyone is safe.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thank you, Amy. It is so breathtaking up close. I’m just glad the photos capture some of it!

      We’re doing fine. Fort Collins got less rain than some other areas (poor Boulder was really bad!). The Poudre has overflowed its banks, so some of the areas north of town have been affected. Taft Hill, Shields and College are closed where the Poudre goes through as well as parts of I-25. Essentially I-25 is closed from Denver to Cheyenne! So weird… It stopped raining this afternoon which helps a lot!

      Our home is on the south side of town up in the foothillls just south of Horsetooth reservoir with no rivers or streams nearby, so we have been high and dry. It is nice to see the sun! The weird part is that September is statistically the driest month! But not this year.

      Cathy

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  10. mimijk says:

    Beautiful Cathy! You have captured the magnificence of the state’s bounty with such reverence…

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  13. Does the Firey Furnace get it’s name from that one higher rock formation that looks like a type of a chimney? (Second photo, highest formation, just left of center.)

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  14. ShimonZ says:

    I like these scenes very much… especially the first one.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thank you, Shimon! Did you get to Utah on your trip to the American Southwest?

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      • ShimonZ says:

        Actually, I did. But since it was a car trip with a few friends, it turned out to be more of a social experience than really experiencing nature. And I’m sorry about all I missed. Since then, I’ve seen much more in pictures, and heard some amazing stories about the place. But I just went through… unfortunately.

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  17. The Hook says:

    Unbelievably cool!

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  18. Professions for PEACE says:

    Wow! You have encouraged me to add this gorgeous place to my ‘Places to Visit’ list. Thanks for sharing about your visit to this amazing place. Your photography is, as always, spectacular.
    Big hugs, Gina

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  19. Athena Brady says:

    What amazing places you visit Cathy and you take us all there too with your fabulous photographs. Thanks for sharing and brigtening my day with your adventures.

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    • Cathy Ulrich says:

      Thank you so much, Athena! There are so many beautiful places here in the American West – many less than a day’s drive from home. I’m so glad you enjoy the photos, it’s fun to share them.

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  20. What tremendous beauty and what a lovely blog you have here 🙂

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