Place

Park Avenue Viewpoint and Trailhead

Sandstone spires seen in the distance from Park Avenue Viewpoint
Sandstone spires seen in the distance from Park Avenue Viewpoint

NPS/Veronica Verdin

Quick Facts

Parking - Auto, Scenic View/Photo Spot, Trailhead

Just 3.6 miles (5.8 km) after Arches National Park Visitor Center, this is many visitors' first scenic stop. At Park Avenue, you can gaze down a grand boulevard of rock and let your imagination loose. Previous visitors named some of the rock features here "Queen Nefertiti," "Queen Victoria," and "Sausage Rock" (also known as "The Corndog"). What names does your imagination suggest?

Beyond the viewpoint, Park Avenue Trail is a moderate hike past a soaring rock skyline of massive fins and curiously carved towers. The trail descends steeply into the spectacular canyon and continues one mile (1.6 km) to Courthouse Towers Viewpoint. For a roundtrip hike, retrace your steps along the trail rather than walking along the road.

Accessibility 

The beginning of the Park Avenue trail is paved and ends at a viewpoint of Park Avenue. Signs are available along the trail. Beyond the viewpoint, the trail descends rock steps steeply downhill into the canyon. Slopes are rocky and uneven.

Arches National Park

Last updated: February 22, 2021