Mesa Arch Trail

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Mesa Arch Trail is a 0.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Moab, UT that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

0.7 miles 134 feet Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

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wild flowers

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no dogs

An easy walk out to an arch perched right on a cliff edge. A great sunrise hike in Canyonlands National Park with great views. The Island in the Sky mesa rests on sheer sandstone cliffs over 1,000 feet above the surrounding terrain. Every overlook offers a different perspective on Canyonlands' spectacular landscape. The Island is the easiest district to visit in a short period of time, offering many pullouts with spectacular views along the paved scenic drive. Hiking trails and four-wheel-drive roads access backcountry areas for day or overnight trips. Mesa Arch Trail is easy and offers great views from the arch perched right on a cliff edge. A great sunrise hike. Length: .5 mi/.8 km round trip Start: Mesa Arch parking area Time: 30 minutes Reference: http://www.nps.gov/cany/planyourvisit/iskyshorthikes.htm

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful arch that I went for sunrise. It was an easy hike that is worth while

1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Super short and easy hike to a gorgeous viewpoint. A must see if you are in Canyonland. Stay on the trail though, the soil off trail in this whole park is quite precious to the ecosystem. If you don't believe me, see the display in the information center at the main entrance to the park.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful views across the island in the sky

hiking
3 months ago

Very short and easy hike to an amazing overlook. But also very popular.

3 months ago

Very easy hike, only been here very early in the morning (2x) wasn't even aware it was a loop actually. unless this is something new in the last 4 years? Great photo op, but like some ops, it has become Extremely busy expect big crowds :(

hiking
5 months ago

Went last Fall with two of my kids. Super short walk to a fantastic view. A tour bus showed up the same time we did. It was sad to see people hastily trample the cryptosporidium soil that they inform you takes over a hundred years to form and a second to destroy. Please stay on the path and respect nature.

hiking
5 months ago

Short and popular hike to an amazing vista.

6 months ago

Short hike but very scenic.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy loop or out and back trail. The giant sandstone arch is impressive. What makes this worthwhile is the impossibly vast vista visible through the opening in the arch. It was crowded for us, and the arch crawls. Good pictures are possible but you will need to be patient. We went during midday but I imagine the views are more beautiful at either end of the day. Go see this one if you're in Island in the Sky.

walking
7 months ago

Spectacular view of the canyon - seen through a sandstone arch. Short walk.

8 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

walking
8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

quick little hike with a great view through the arch

hiking
1 year ago

birding
1 year ago

Awesome!!

1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

A short easy hike on a well-traveled trail. The arch is very cool. You are not supposed to climb on the arch itself, but you will see people doing so anyway. I recommend NOT doing this as a misstep, a dizzy spell, or even a strong wind will make you perish for sure. Don't be foolish.