The first humans – hunter gatherers – migrated into an area near Moab, Utah 10,000 years ago. That was at the end of the last ice age. They were freezing cold.
In order to keep warm, shivering archaic native Americans scrawled petroglyphs into rocks at what is now Wolfe Ranch. No names, though. They scrawled the design of a cold fusion reactor into the formations, but the soft sandstone crumbled away and it was lost. Dang!
However, farming was to hard so they left it nameless, too, and moved across the continent to Manhattan Island to wait a few centuries for easy-money Wall Street to be invented.
Fast forward to 1911… 18-year old Loren “Bish” Taylor took over the Moab newspaper.
To sell more papers, Bish bragged up the area on top of the high ridge just north of town. For many years, he and local medical professional John “Doc” Williams teamed up to push the idea of making it a national park. But they couldn’t think of a name for it.
About that time, two ‘ol cowpokes rode by on their horses, punchin’ doggies.
One says ta the other, “Wilbur, there sure is a dern heckofalotta arches ’round these parts!”
The rest is history. It has been known as Arches National Park ever since.
Yup, that thar is a true story strait out of the Old West! 😉 😉