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Photograph of the week: The Milky Way over Delicate Arch, Utah

The Milky Way rises over Delicate Arch, an 80-feet tall, free-standing sandstone arch in Arches National Park, Utah. The most widely recognised of the park’s 2,000 arches, Delicate Arch has become the unofficial symbol of Utah, appearing on the state’s license plates and reproduced in countless publications. Unfortunately, such an iconic landmark is bound to attract large crowds so, despite a three mile round trip hike from the parking lot, it is often packed with visitors, especially at dusk when the arch glows with a fiery ocher. As soon as the sun has set, however, the crowds melt away and peace reigns once more under the stars. Just remember to pack a good torch for the hike back! Delicate Arch and the Milky Way. Thank you to Jon Hicks of Jon Hicks Photography for permission to reproduce the image. If you have a really special photograph you would like to share with  A Luxury Travel Blog‘s readers, please contact us.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Telegraph.

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  1. Absolutely beautiful picture! It’s such a wonder what you can see in the night sky while away from big city lights. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Wow, that’s a stunning photo and it must have taken some work to light the arch like that. Kudos! I’d love to know what kind of ISO setting you use to shoot at night. I tend to keep it low but that leads to star trails.

  3. What a truly incredible view of the milky way. Lovely photo capture, thank you for sharing this wonderful moment.

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