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Arches National Park, located in the Moab region of eastern Utah, is a highlight of any trip to the Southwest, especially for families with children. The park 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. The bright red rock against the deep blue sky is an iconic southwestern sight enjoyed by all ages. This National Park features 2,000 sandstone arches, the worlds highest concentration of natural sandstone arches, including the most famous arch in the park, 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. If you are short on time, you can take the scenic drive past many viewpoints to snap a quick picture. With more time, make sure to to check out the various hiking trails the park has to offer. There are plenty of short hikes that are great for including the Delicate Arch Trail and Delicate Arch Viewpoint Trail (the iconic arch on the Utah license plates), the Park Avenue Trail, and trails in the windows section of the park such as Turret Arch Trail, Double Arch Trail or South Window Viewpoint. If you are feeling adventurous (and energetic), try the Devil's Garden Primitive Trail. Along this loop trail you will see such wonders as Tunnel Arch, Pine Tree Arch, Landscape Arch, Partition Arch, Navajo Arch, Double O Arch, and Dark Angel. Landscape arch is the largest arch on earth and should not be missed! Other notable features in the park include balanced rock, a large boulder that appears to be balancing 128 feet in the air and is a quick hike off of the road. Fiery Furnace, named such from the reddish glow at sunset that resembles a furnace is another great option. This ranger guided tour requires a permit from the visitor center. If you are hoping to avoid crowds, Broken arch is a less frequented spot in the park. The park is undergoing major road construction in 2017 so visitors should expect road closures.

hiking
18 hours ago

Easy hike. My favorite arch of all time!

Mid February 2018... early morning start. We went clockwise. No map.No idea what we were in for. I'm NOT in shape and wasn't sure what to expect. Seeing someone up the first fin, I thought they were just having fun and taking selfies... until I realized I had to go that way. I'm afraid of heights as well. Having said all that... I had an absolutely amazing time! Super high winds and blowing snow made for some dangerous areas and there were a few that made the extremely tall fin that turned around.. not hiking with a partner. Bad idea. I doubted my abilities several times only because I've never hiked something this long. We took lunch breaks and stopped to look around. It was freezing so I didn't get as many pictures as I wanted.. hated digging for camera or phone. Wasn't prepared for scrambling rocks.. but glad I went clockwise because for me it is easier going down rock faces than up. Really wasn't prepared for the so called puddle or the young lady crying at the puddle. Once across, she and her husband helped my crossing. Thanks guys! Only slipped a few times and almost slid into frigid water. Take waders or a change of shoes and socks... the potential to end up in icy water in cold months is severe. I have to do this stuff in colder weather because of medical conditions... but I'd still suggest off season times. Chances of bus loads of tourists showing up is scaled way down... but we still ran into them in the park at the easier arches. Beautiful trail and even though that day I swore never again.. now that I understand and better know what to expect... DEFINITELY would do it again. More pictures next time!

This was worth every penny for the guided hike. We enjoyed getting to try out some beginner canyoneering skills. It's beautiful in the fiery furnace.

Breathtaking. Take two or three times the water you think you'll need. The hike up the slickrock affords you no shade and can be brutal even as even starts to set in.

This trail takes you past several arches, each special in it's grandeur, such as Landscape Arch and others as a frame to the valleys below. Other spectacular features are the sandstone fins on the way to the Double O. Hike traverses both gentle terrain and some scrambling on the slickrock. As with most of the popular hikes, start out earlier as it is less crowded and the weather a bit cooler.

Enjoyable hike to the sand, broken, and tapestry arches.

One of the most iconic arches that there is! This moderate hike is a great way to end a day in the park, I've always hiked this in mid-afternoon and found that the crowds were manageable. The trail steadily climbs upward and could be challenging for those who are not avid hikers or are out of shape. Enjoy a snack and photo opportunity at the end to really soak in the spectacle that is The Delicate Arch.

Fabulous hike! Best bang for your buck if you're wanting to see as many arches as possible in a day. Some areas could be concerning for hikers who are scared of heights or who aren't sure footed. For the typical hiker, this is a 'must-do' in my books!

I found this trail to be somewhat difficult. The incline was pretty consistent throughout the hike and perhaps I wasn't quite adjusted to the altitude yet. Bring plenty of water. I hiked in early April and was blessed with above average weather. There were plenty of people but it wasn't overwhelming and didn't take away from the beauty of the place. Some areas were more narrow than others and near the edge so be mindful and definitely have good shoes! The arch was amazing but there were a line of people waiting to get their photo. Incredible view from many points on the hike.

hiking
3 days ago

I didn't get to complete this trail because I got there only an hour or so before the sunset. The colors and walking through the canyon had me awe-struck. Beware of snakes, I heard something rummaging through some shrubbery on the trail and know there's a fair amount of rattlers in the area. The sand was a pinkish red color that I'd never seen before, would definitely hike again!

hiking
4 days ago

This hike is short but a definite must do in the park. Delicate Arch is as good as it gets! Recommend going early to avoid the massive crowds.

Loved this hike around Arches. You go on side excursions/trails that will take you to eight arches total if you follow the whole trail. Every Arch was unique! We paired this with the Devils Garden Loop for a full day of hiking.

95% of people stay in the parking lot, but the views from the floor are stunning. It’s about 100 stairs down, then a short walk... go as far as you like, perfect for kids, lots of room to explore and unlike other trails, nothing they can catastrophically fall off. We went late afternoon (around 6 PM); we were in the shade the whole time and the light was perfect.

Really pretty views, just a few steep parts, totally kid friendly, crowded AF even at 9 AM. (The best light is in the late afternoon anyway.) This one is really popular, but my 5-year-old and I got more bang for our buck at the less populated Corona Arch just outside the park.

Beautiful and busy

great views.

We did the entire primitive loop. It was a fun hike. There was some minor scrambling, but nothing too difficult. I thought we would see more arches on the primitive loop, so that was the only disappointment for me. But overall it was great and I highly recommend it for anyone in average shape who enjoys going beyond the normal hiking trails.

on Grandstaff Trail

7 days ago

Beautiful & fun hike. Especially good if you have a dog that you cannot take on a NP Trail. And having water along the way is nice too.

Fantastic hike. Certainly moderately strenuous, and there are a couple spots that require some basic scrambling. If you have someone in you group that is terrified of heights this is probably not the best hike for you as the trail takes you very close (feet) from sheer cliffs. We were able to complete it even in a wind storm that blew through which had up to 50mph gusts at some points. If you’re going during wind make sure you have a Buff or bandana to cover your face. The wind whips up the sand and dust and it’ll get everywhere! Totally worth doing the whole loop as the views were amazing.

Happy trails!

We are 60 years old, in average shape for our age. We went unguided and just watched for the arrows. It wasn't too hard to stay on track. However, you want to be sure and explore the off-track areas. There is some climbing using both hands and feet. You will need a little bit of agility in places. But, it is not as daunting and scary as some would have you believe. It's a really fun hike.

Beautiful
Very Windy - limited the crowd size
Iconic!

This is a gradual ascent to an amazing arch. Originally we went to the lower and upper viewpoints. If you can walk up stairs and walk uphill then skip the viewpoints and do the trail to the arch. For us the viewpoints were a waste of time.

hiking
8 days ago

We've done this a few times over the years. But you need to rappel to complete the trail. Great fun to the highest point in the park.

Great little hike around this geologic curiosity. The story presented on the sign was very interesting.

Did this hike after going up to the Arch.
This trail gives you a different perspective and view.

hiking
8 days ago

Great early morning warm up hike. Weather was cool and hardly anyone was there at that time. Most take photographs at the viewpoint, but the easy hike into the canyon is well worth it to give you a perspective of the massive sandstone monoliths and the enveloping solitude.

Iconic hike at Arches National Park. April weather was perfect, sunny low 80's. The hike on the way up revealed a sublime landscape in every direction.
The view of the arch was amazing, ringed by snow capped mountains in the distance. Take in some of the human history at the beginning of the trail. The Wolfe cabin and nearby Ute petroglyphs each tell a fascinating story. The trail is moderately strenuous, take plenty of water. The effort will be worth it, the views won't disappoint

Great hike. Took us about 3 hours. It was our first time, we were without a guide, and we had no problem. I would like to do it again and do more exploring off the route. We are 60 years old and I consider us moderate hikers.

hiking
8 days ago

Went at sunset and it was absolutely worth it despite the small crowd.

This is a don’t miss day hike in Arches. Be the first one there in the am to avoid parking and crowd issues. Also do the “loop” portion clockwise to easy some of the difficult spots.

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