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I am considering visiting Arches National Park in Utah. This park has several "arch" rock formations and a few hoodoos and a balanced rock.

Shulchan Aruch O.C. 228:1 states that one should make a bracha Oseh Ma'aseh Breishit upon seeing moutains. However, 228:3 specifies that this should not be done for all mountains, but only those which it is apparent that they are unusual and that the Creators work affected them.

If I see these arches, hoodos or balanced rocks, they are not specifically mountains. However, it is clear that G-d's work has shaped them. Should I be saying a bracha on seeing any of these?

I assume that if the answer is "yes", that one bracha suffices for all of them. If so, I have mentioned 3 types of rock formations. Is there any preference as to which of these 3 I should make the bracha upon first?

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    FWIW, some siddurim just say to say "oh maaseh b'reishit" on natural wonders, without getting into more detail – Noach MiFrankfurt Feb 13 '15 at 18:50
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    The Aruch HaShulchan (228:1) specifies that the mountains have to be uniquely tall (like the Alps), as opposed to the Shulchan Aruch who just says the mountains have to be unusually remarkable. – Fred Feb 13 '15 at 21:41
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    @Fred My main question implies if these structures are considered "mountains". – DanF Feb 15 '15 at 0:51
  • In Arches NP the fins you see right after you get up into the park probably qualify as Geva'ot - cliffs. First come, first serve, as they say. – Double AA Jan 19 '17 at 4:40
  • To me they look either man-made or weather-made, neither of which would get an Oseh Ma'aseh Bereishit – Danny Schoemann Aug 30 '17 at 9:57

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