I have had a fair amount in difficulty in correctly identifying some of the sandstone features in photographs from our 2007 trip. When I’ve tried to match them up with photographs on Google Images, I’ve discovered that the same feature might be identified by two or more different names.
If I can’t give it the right name, I’d prefer to call it by a generic name, such as “sandstone feature.”
I found this particular feature identified online as either “The Organ” or “The Tower of Babel.” The two are actually relatively close to each other in the park and both are sandstone fins, eroded into their current shape over millennia.
Google Maps and Google Earth yielded the images for an identification. In Google Earth I was able to get a three dimensional view that approximated the shape above from the side that the picture was taken. In both, it can be seen that The Organ has a parking area next to it, while The Tower of Babel doesn’t.
We are planning another trip to Arches. I intend, this time,to do a better job of collecting information related to my photos.
Online info on Arches National Park.
Additional Arches National Park posts at Haw Creek Out ‘n About.