Dad pulls disabled son to top of national park to experience ‘natural beauty and strength’

MOAB, Utah (PIX11) – The U.S. Department of the Interior is celebrating fathers and the special bond they have with their children by posting an inspiring photo to their Instagram account.

Happy Father's Day everyone. We want to share this amazing story of James and Jonah Geier (as told by James' daughter Laura Geier). Celebrating Dads like James is what Father's Day is all about. "Perseverance. Shared by both the Arch in withstanding time and change, and the resolve of a father to hike his disabled son to the Arch to experience the incredible symbol of natural beauty and strength. Retired Law Enforcement Officer James Geier hiked his eighteen year old son Jonah Geier three miles, and 480 feet over slickrock trails, and up red rock steps to share with Jonah a worldwide symbol of strength and endurance. Neither Geier nor Arch is deterred by challenges." Photo from Arches National Park in Utah by Laura Geier.

A photo posted by U.S. Department of the Interior (@usinterior) on

James Geier wanted his son to experience the “incredibly symbol of natural beauty and strength” at Arches National Park in Utah.

Geier, a retired law enforcement officer hiked three miles with his disabled son Jonah, nearly 500 feet over slick rock trails and up red rock steps to share with Jonah a worldwide symbol of strength and endurance.

James’ daughter Laura, who submitted the photo, said “neither Geier nor Arch is deterred by challenges.”

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