off road driving
Arches National Park in eastern Utah, is a highlight of any trip to the Southwest. The bright red rock against the deep blue sky will help even the most amateur photographer take stunning photographs. This site features more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, including the Delicate Arch. In a desert climate millions of years of erosion have led to these structures, while the ground has life-sustaining soil crust and potholes. Other geologic formations are stone columns, spires, fins, and towers. Located near Moab, Utah, it is also a haven for adventure travel and adrenaline junkies. Compared to other National Parks in the region, the highlights can be seen within a day or two. If you are short on time, you can drive past many scenic points to snap a quick picture. With more time, make sure to hike to Delecate Arch (the iconic arch on the Utah license plates), and if you are feeling adventurous (and energetic), try a hike through Devil's Garden. Along this hike you will see such wonders as Tunnel Arch, Pine Tree Arch, Landscape Arch, Partition Arch, Navajo Arch, Wall Arch (which recently fell), Double O Arch, and Dark Angel.
Great way to see some beautiful landforms and arches in a single hike. We hiked to the Dark Angel and started to head back via the primitive trail, but were turned back when rain and grauppel started to slicken the rock. Lightning also created a hazard while scrambling back across the top of the fins. Our favorite was the Double O Arch but the Navaho Arch was quite unique. 6.8 miles in just under 4.0 hours.
Very easy, short hikes to many of the arches and formations. There are a couple more difficult hikes such as Delicate Arch and Double O Arches if you're feeling adventurous. Certainly one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen and worth the time. Kids would have a great time as well. If you stay in Moab, it's just about 10 min. outside of the town.
We did the loop counterclockwise on the advice of a local. Worked well and meant we climbed the steepest portions instead of butt sliding the rare but tough drops. If you do all the spur trails, I'd plan a full day. Watch cairns carefully. Bring lots of water.
Hard is an overstatement. This hike is certainly worth it. It is a little tough to get there, but once you turn the corner and see the arch for the first time, it is incredible. I have hiked the Grand Canyon and Yosemite, and I still say that Delicate Arch is the most breathtaking view I have ever seen.
Tony S. on Devils Garden Loop Trail with 7 Arc...
We loved this hike. We took the full loop including the primitive area. It was challenging and fun. We had lots of water and were glad we did.