The Windows Section

Towering peaks of red rock with an arch, being illuminated by a low sun. The scene is backdropped by cloud covered snowy capped mountains,
Winter into Spring: sunset at the Windows.

NPS/Neal Herbert

Thrilling Beauty

The Windows Section is considered by some to be the beating heart of Arches National Park. The area contains a large concentration of arches and is one of the most scenic locations in the park. North Window, Turret Arch, and Double Arch are just a few of the awe-inspiring expanses you’ll find in just over two square miles. Other named features in this area include Garden of Eden, Elephant Butte, and Parade of Elephants.

In the words of Frank Bethwick, leader of a 1933-34 scientific expedition, “These arches are of thrilling beauty. Caused by the cutting action of wind-blown sand (not stream erosion), one marvels at the intricacies of nature.” This section of the park offers both beauty and variety—hiking, sightseeing, stargazing, photography, and enjoyment for the whole family.


Things to Do

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    Double Arch

    The Double Arch trail is considered "barrier free." The trail has a hard packed surface. There are some slopes and a sandy surface at the end of the trail. Accessible parking is available.

    The Windows and Turret Arch

    The first 100 yards (91 m) of The Windows trail is flat, hard packed, and considered "barrier free." The rest of the train includes stone steps, uneven surfaces, and elevation gain. Accessible parking is available. An accessible toilet is located nearby.

    Read more about accessibility at Arches.



    Last updated: July 24, 2021

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