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Best Trails in Arches National Park

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#2 of 14 National Parks in Utah

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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.

on Corona and Bowtie Arch Tr...
1 day ago

hiking

Quick tips: Follow the rock pillars, you can climb up and go above the arch (go past the arch about 50-75 yards and climb up, but beware, it is morn difficult to descend), and if you go to the top, yell out something! The echoes from the top are amazing.

on Delicate Arch Trail
1 day ago

hiking

Really nice hike with a spectacular view. No one should leave Moab without checking it off. Very heavily trafficked, but with that being said I was happy to see people of all age doing it. Glad so many people can see this sight.

on Delicate Arch Trail
2 days ago

hiking

Not too bad but if you're not used to the altitude it will be a butt kicker! but it will be worth it!

on Delicate Arch Trail
2 days ago

not too bad but if you're not used to the altitude it will be a butt kicker. but it will be worth it!

on Negro Bill Canyon Trail
4 days ago

hiking

Great hike for anyone,runs along the stream and dog friendly. There is an awesome arch at the end and the start of the stream. I have done this twice and its a nice 1/2 day to go hang out.

on Delicate Arch Trail
7 days ago

hiking

amazing views. definitely go in the early morning (6-7am) before it's too hot!

on Gemini Bridges Trail
8 days ago

off road driving

fun trip to the bridges. loved the beginning of the trail when you have to climb the side of the hill.

on Delicate Arch Trail
8 days ago

get there early.. avoid the crowds. otherwise. awesome!

on Sand Dune Arch Trail
12 days ago

hiking

Loved this short little hike! It was like entering a sandy, shady oasis after hiking in the hot sun of Arches all day. Great place to take your shoes off and relax a bit. We went on a weekday in September and there was only one family just leaving and another couple. We waited for the couple to leave and had the whole place to ourselves.

on Corona and Bowtie Arch Tr...
14 days ago

hiking

This trail is just outside of town off of Potash road. Nothing too difficult and the arches at the end are well worth the hike. Corona arch is BIG!

on Delicate Arch Trail
15 days ago

Hiked this trail on a Friday morning around 6 in the morning. There were only a handful of other people on the trail with me, and it was around 70 degrees when I started. The trail, while marked for the most part by cairns, can be a bit difficult to navigate if you're alone or unsure of the area. I was following a solo hiker ahead of me and missed one of the turns and this brought me out to the opposite side of the bowl that Delicate Arch sits at the top of. While you can still get up to the arch from here, there was a bit of tricky footing up near the top that could potentially be dangerous, so if you're ever unsure, turn around and try to find the right trail.

At the top though, it was gorgeous. A lot of reviews I've read said that this arch is better at sunset, but I wasn't able to stick around the park till then. This arch at sunrise was no joke, though. Definitely worth getting lost and nearly falling into the bowl. Breathtaking, humbling, and terrifying all at once. I even had the arch all to myself for a few minutes - plenty of time to do all the cliche photos with no strangers to edit out.

Heading back down (on the right trail) at about 7:30am, I passed a lot of groups coming up, and by this point it must have been in the 80s. I would definitely recommend losing some sleep to hike this trail in the early morning - just be sure to stay aware of your surroundings and not to test nature's limits.

on Corona and Bowtie Arch Tr...
16 days ago

Surprisingly fun trail, has two sides, first half is kinda boring, but once you get just over the half way point you enter the slick rock section you need to do some scrambling up the rock. Chains & Ladders come in to play. Can be busy & very hot

on Devils Garden Loop Trail ...
16 days ago

Lots of variety, you can customize what you want to see OR what you think you can do as far as distance, I myself have only gone out to Double O Arch, but just doing that much of this hike was definitely 5 star worthy, all the arches are pretty decent other than Tunnel, not very photogenic. A must do if your at Arches NP, you just need to figure out how much of it you can & want to do

on Landscape Arch Trail
16 days ago

Definitely would combine Pine Tree Arch & Tunnel Arch with this hike, (even possibly partition & Navajo) pretty easy hike, few smaller hills, walking on dirt & sand. Worth it if you have the time, enjoy this sight before it's gone forever!!! Bring water!