Photographer's Note

This view named 'Park Place' is 2 miles from the Arches National Park's visitor center. These majestic sandstone formations are typically called "fins". And early explorers thought they looked like the New York City skyline, hence the name "Park Place".

Park Place has 3 named formations:

"Queen Nefertiti" named for the fins striking resemblance to the famous bust of the 14th century B.C. queen of Egypt, the beautiful wife of King Akhenaton. Queen Nefertiti is also called Unjoined Rock because of its balanced block is offset on its pedestal. The Queen measures 20 feet thick and sits 300 feet above the canyon floor.

"Sausage Rock" the 40 foot high pinnacle lower down on the wall from Queen Nefertiti has also been called The Popsicle.

"Queen Victoria", the English monarch from 1837 to 1901, has a formation named after her located across the canyon from Queen Nefertiti and Park Place. Some believe it looks more like Whistler's famous painting of his elderly mother sitting in profile.

It is fun to saunter the hiking trail along Park Place a distance of about one mile from the main road parking area.

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