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It was a easy fan trail, and incredible view all around.

Watching the sunset here was magical. Very few people in the evening which was surprising. Seeing all the stars at night and hiking back was amazing. We even got a glimpse of the Milky Way

If you go to Arches and you aren’t just a tourist then GO DO THIS TRAIL!!!! We got to the visitors center right at 7:30am when it opened so we were the first people out on the trail and it was amazing. Maybe one of my favorite trails I’ve ever hiked. We got lost for almost an hour but just laughed to whole time because the scenery was too gorgeous to be upset. Please do yourself a favor and hike this trail!!!

spectacular!

A great Hike. Like others say, start early.....we started at 8am but 7am would have been even better as if you plan to do Primative loop as we did then the last 45 minutes back to the Landscape Arch (assuming a clockwise loop) could be a little punishing if not adequately prepared on a hot day.
The Arches are all fantastic in their own way and quite unique. We enjoyed a treat of mother and young deer feeding at Landscape Arch which was great. If you choose to take the Primative loop and assuming it is dry then there is nothing too difficult although if in doubt spot the cairns (rock piles) which indicate the way. Also around Double O arch of you wish to find the Primative loop (again clockwise) then pass through the arch and pass around the fin to find the trail. That was the most difficult part of the trail to stay on. We took just over 4 hours with 2 children (15and12. Very rewarding hike. Primative Loop only has one arch (Private Arch) which is beautiful but for the less confident then just turn back after Double O arch would be my suggestion.

backpacking
3 days ago

Go at sunset and watch the sunset with the Corona Arch right in front of you!

Great views but bring plenty of water if you plan on hiking into the afternoon. Start early if you want to avoid the heat.

great hike, people are balancing rocks which is annoying, but a good hike even with little kids

easy hike, go in morning to avoid the heat and bring 2 liters water

the two miles to the end are longer than it'd seem. took about 2 hours, but beautiful trail. the beginning has the best views

great hike, just don't do in the heat of the day. please note, no shade and not advisable for dogs in the heat. rock gets very hot. enjoy

We did this hike with Ranger Vicky (she is really brilliant) and the hike was amazing.

Crowded but epic

This is a great trail. I highly recommend doing it. We hit the trail by 7:45 and completed it in just under five hours and we took our time. The trail is well marked but you have to pay attention for the cairns. I think the route is better if you go clockwise.

Sooooo many people....

A little scrambling at the top

Best arch in the national park! And the hike wasn’t as hard as some may say. Just make sure you start early enough to beat the heat and avoid crowds. We started at 7 am and that was the perfect time. I wouldn’t recommend starting this hike midday; it should honestly be closed around 11 am - 4 pm because that heat can be dangerous!

hiking
7 days ago

Fun trail with three distinct sections. Just be careful, sign at trailhead lists it as “1.5....one way.” Quickly read it and assumed it was mileage for out and back (like normal...). Was in for a slightly longer trip than planned. Lots of groups complaining about water very early on and resting in any shade they could find. Also lots of little kids with no water and barely any clothing/protection. Plan appropriately, it’s lots of sun and decent climbing for families.

hiking
7 days ago

The hike up to the Butte was fun for us but wouldn’t be wise for folks with knee/ankle issues. Views were disappointingly hazy in August 2018 from all the fires.

hiking
7 days ago

The best views in Island in the Sky, along with the White Rim overlook, and a very easy trail. Would definitely recommend.

A nice way to see some of the best formations at Arches. We went clockwise and caught the arches before returning via the Primitive Trail. Be sure to take the time to visit Navajo, Partition, and the others adjacent to the loop itself. The main trail was filling up even at ~8 AM when we started, but we were almost all alone on the Primitive Trail (mostly sand with some rock climbing, nothing too demanding but not recommended for folks with bad knees/ankles). There’s a lot of parking, bathrooms, and a water refill station at the trailhead, but plan to spend 30 minutes getting there from the visitors center – it’s at the very end of the main road.

Trail was alright, heavily trafficked so we decided to only go to the landscape arch.

hiking
7 days ago

This arch is a sunrise must. Get there earlier than 15 minutes before sunrise though because there were a wall of people setup with tripods hogging the entire photograph viewpoints at that time already. If not for the surprising amount of people I would’ve gave 5. Popular spot, so come early if you want a parking spot.

hiking
8 days ago

Nice way to see some of CNM's formations up close. Some shade along the trail but not a ton, so lots of water and starting early are musts in August. Unfortunately, not much wildlife our morning. We started at the upper trailhead and went to Independence Monument (~3.5 miles) before turning around and heading back. Note that this trail is ~12 miles round-trip (upper to lower trailhead or vice versa, then back) and not 6.8 or 10.9 as listed here.

hiking
8 days ago

I did the spur to the Ancestral Puebloan granary. It was a moderate trail over sand and rock. It’s so worth climbing along the edge of the butte to see the granary.

I hiked part of this trail along the edge of the cliff. It’s beautiful and fairly easy. There’s just stairs every now and then.

This is a short steep trail where you can see the Delicate Arch in the distance.

I hiked this trail starting around 10am before it got too hot. It was pretty steep and I had to stop and catch my breath a few times. There were a lot of people in the same boat. The view from the arch was well worth the hike.

Lots of reward for one trail. Looking back I don’t know if I would have done the primitive portion unless you want the extra miles or just to say you did the whole loops. Still beautiful but nothin g you aren’t already exposed to on the earlier parts of the trail. Go early, got to the lot at 7:30 and while there was still parking had to sit around and wait for lots of inconsiderate groups standing around right in front of the arches. Took me 4 hours, being lots of water.

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