To hikers with Double Arch in the background
Hikers return from a visit to Double Arch

NPS/Neal Herbert


Arches contains a variety of hiking trails, many of which are considered easy to moderate. Trails provide access to outstanding viewpoints and arches not visible from the road. In some cases, trails travel under arches, affording quite a unique perspective on the park's namesake features.

Protect Your Park

Watch Your Step.
Help us protect biological soil crusts during your visit. Please walk only on trails, rock or in sandy washes (where water flows when it rains), and keep all vehicles and bikes on designated roads.

Protect Ephemeral Pools.
Sandstone basins called ephemeral pools or potholes are home to a variety of life. Tiny organisms depend on the water in these shallow pools. To protect these life forms, please do not swim, bathe, or drink the water in desert potholes, and do not walk through dry ones.

Keep off the Arches.
To promote visitor safety and the opportunity to view natural features undisturbed, climbing, scrambling, walking or standing upon, or rappelling off any arch is prohibited in the park.

Leave the Rocks as You See Them.
Graffiti—carving, scratching, chalking, or any type of marking—is illegal and unsightly. If you see someone marking on the rocks, please report it to a ranger.


Moderate Trails

Trail Round-trip Distance Time, Elevation Description
Park Avenue 2 miles (3.2 km) 1.5 hours
320 feet (98 m)
From Park Avenue parking area, the trail descends steeply into a spectacular canyon and continues down the wash to Courthouse Towers. If you have a shuttle driver, you can begin at one point and be picked up at the other. For roundtrip hiking, retrace your steps along the trail rather than walking along the park road.

Difficult Trails

Trail Round-trip Distance Time, Elevation Description
Tower Arch
3.4 miles
(5.5 km)
2.5 hours Trail climbs a steep, short rock wall, cuts across a valley and then meanders through sandstone fins and sand dunes. An alternate, shorter trail (0.3 mile [0.5 km] one way), begins at the end of the four-wheel-drive road on the west side of Tower Arch. Unpaved roads wash out quickly in rainstorms; check road conditions before heading out.
Delicate Arch 3 miles
(4.8 km)
2.5 hours
480 feet
(146 m)
Open slickrock with no shade. The first half mile is a well defined trail. Follow the rock cairns. The trail climbs steadily and levels out toward the top of this rock face. Just before you get to Delicate Arch, the trail traverses a narrow rock ledge for about 200 yards (183 m).
Take at least 2 quarts (2 L) of water per person.
Double O Arch 4.5 miles
(6.8 km)
2.5 hours Beyond Landscape Arch (listed above), the trail is more challenging as it climbs over sandstone slabs. Footing is rocky; there are narrow ledges with exposure to heights. Spur trails lead to Partition and Navajo arches. Dark Angel is 0.5 miles (0.8 km) farther. Trail guide available at trailhead.
Primitive Trail
at Devils Garden
7.2 miles
(11.6 km)
4 hours The Primitive Trail is an alternative route to or from Double O Arch. It involves narrow ledges, uneven surface hiking and scrambling on slickrock. Not recommended when rock is wet or snowy, or for those uncomfortable with heights or exposure. Trail guide available at trailhead.
Fiery Furnace No marked trail The Fiery Furnace is a labyrinth of narrow sandstone canyons that requires agility to explore. To enter the Fiery Furnace, you must accompany a ranger-guided hikeor obtain a day-use permit at the visitor center. There is no trail, so we encourage you to accompany a ranger—both for your own safety and to reduce impacts on the area.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 907
Moab, UT 84532


(435) 719-2299

Contact Us