Appearing as the third of five new United States Mint America the Beautiful Quarters™ Program coins for 2014 will be the 2014 Arches National Park Quarter. It will also be the 23rd coin in a series of 56 new strikes to appear as part of the program which began in 2010 and runs until 2021.
Arches Quarter designs will first appear to the public in 2013 when the Mint should release the candidates for review by the appropriate organizations and initials including the Citizen’s Coinage Advisory Committee and the Commission of Fine Arts. After all commentary has been collected, the Mint Director will forward his or her recommendation along with all others to the Treasury Secretary who will make the final selection. This determination, however, will probably not be known until early 2014.
As the third issue in the series for the year, it should appear in circulation sometime during the some of 2014.
Additional 2014 America the Beautiful Quarter releases for the year include:
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park Quarter
- Shenandoah National Park Quarter
- Great Sand Dunes National Park Quarter
- Everglades National Park Quarter
Arches National Park in Utah
Located near Moab, Utah, Arches National Park consists of over 2,000 natural sandstone arches which have been created over thousands of years through the effects of erosion. For a portion of this time (since the last ice ago 10,000 years ago) humans have inhabited the region.
The area was originally designated a national monument in 1929 but was re-designated a national park in 1971 through an act of Congress. Today, around 800,000 estimated annual visitors trek to the park to take in the natural beauty. Of note, over 40 arches have collapsed since 1970.
One of the most popular tours offered within the park boundaries by the Park Service is the Fiery Furnace Tour. It offers a three hour hike which is considered moderately strenuous but extremely scenic and enjoyable.
Visitors to the park must prepare for temperature extremes depending on the time of year in which they visit. Summer temperatures can exceed 100 degrees during the day with winter temperatures routinely dropping below freezing.