Wrather Arch in Wrather Canyon, a tributary of the Paria River, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Colorado Plateau, Arizona.
This image is part of my Southwest set.
Wrather Arch is very impressive and is infrequently visited. Even for those that know about it, it is often missed because the trail up the tributary canyon is often unwittingly passed. Since we were hiking up the Paria Canyon, and most hikers descend it, we met dozens of hikers and asked those already past the arch if they visited it. Only four hikers acknowledged visiting here, the rest had missed the trail.
The trail to the arch passes through a canyon almost as spectacular as the arch. There's a small creek that winds through groves of Cottonwoods and Box Elders. After emerging from these groves, the trail ascends sharply through sand and scree to emerge at this point, right beneath the arch.
This arch has some impressive credentials. It has the longest span (246 feet) of any arch outside of Utah and is the 4th longest in the world. It is also the least accessible major arch in the U.S.A.
To provide some scale, I've noted on the image my hiking friend, Dan G., under the arch.
This is a stitch of three singles, all made with a Nikon D7K and Tokina 11-16mm.