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    Arches

    National Park Utah

Easy Trails

Hikers on the Windows Trail (Turret Arch in background)
Hikers on the Windows Trail (Turret Arch in background)
NPS Photo by Neal Herbert
 

Balanced Rock
Starting Point: Balanced Rock parking area
Length: 0.3 mi/0.5 km round trip
Time: 15 to 30 minutes

A loop trail leads around the base of a fragile, picturesque rock formation.

Broken Arch
Starting Point: Sand Dune Arch parking area or Devils Garden campground across from campsite #40
Length: 1.2 mi/2 km round trip; 2 mi/3.2 km including the loop
Time: 30 to 60 minutes

From the Sand Dune Arch parking area, the trail cuts across a large meadow to the arch and continues to the campground. Loop trail leads through fin canyons with sand dunes and slickrock.

Courthouse Wash Rock Art Panel
Starting Point: Lower Courthouse Wash parking area (Highway 191, 0.5 miles north of the Colorado River)
Length: 1 mile (1.6 km) round trip
Time: 30 to 45 minutes

A short walk south across the Courthouse Wash bridge and a brief climb leads to a prehistoric rock art panel (at the base of the cliffs, facing west). The panel was vandalized in 1980, but conservation efforts have helped preserve and stabilize the site.

Delicate Arch Viewpoint
Starting Point: Delicate Arch Viewpoint parking area
Length: 100 yards (91 meters) round trip
Time: 10 to 15 minutes

In addition to the short accessible trail, another (moderately strenuous) hiking trail climbs one-half mile (0.8 km) toward Delicate Arch and ends at the rim of a steep canyon that separates the viewpoint from the arch. (This is not the popular trail to Delicate Arch, which starts at the Wolfe Ranch parking area.)

Double Arch
Starting Point: Double Arch parking area
Length: 0.5 mile (0.8 km) round trip
Time: 15 to 30 minutes

A relatively flat, sandy trail leads to the base of two giant arch spans which are joined at one end.

Landscape Arch
Starting Point: Devils Garden trailhead parking area
Length: 1.6 miles (2.4 km) round trip
Time: 30 to 60 minutes

A relatively flat, gravel-surfaced trail (usually heavily populated with hikers) leads to a spectacular ribbon of rock, whose span is more than a football field in length. Short side trips lead to Tunnel and Pine Tree Arches. Trail guide available at trailhead.

Sand Dune Arch
Starting Point: Sand Dune Arch parking area
Length: 0.4 mile (0.6 km) round trip
Time: 15 to 30 minutes

Trail leads through deep sand to a secluded arch among sandstone fins. To prevent further vandalism of rock walls already covered in deep graffiti, the off-trail area southeast of Sand Dune Arch is closed. More...

Skyline Arch
Starting Point: Skyline Arch parking area
Length: 0.4 mile (0.6 km) round trip
Time: 10 to 20 minutes

A short hike on a flat, well-defined trail. On a cold November night in 1940, a large chunk fell out of the arch, instantly doubling the size of its opening.

The Windows
Starting Point: Windows parking area
Length: 1 mile (1.6 km) round trip
Time: 30 to 60 minutes

A gentle climb up a gravel loop trail leads to three massive arches (North and South Windows and Turret Arch). An alternate return, slightly longer, is by way of the primitive loop around the back of the two Windows. The primitive loop trail starts at the South Window viewpoint.

Did You Know?

Landscape Arch

Landscape Arch is the longest arch in Arches National Park, measuring 306 feet from base to base. In 1991, a massive slab of rock fell from its underside, resulting in an even thinner ribbon of rock.