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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.

Great trail!
Some sandy parts!

Surprisingly strenuous-- was expecting something simple but the slickrock was a challenge! Gripped shoes really saved me here, it can be a bit challenging up the rockface. Tons of little hidden nooks and cool caverns if you look up and want to go off trail a little bit. We went midday and it was busy but not too bad, didn't really have to compete with anyone to climb the trail.

hiking
23 hours ago

Absolutely loved this hike! A varied, well traveled trail through gorgeous stream beds and little forests. A big change from the dry, exposed hikes in the area with a very cool payoff at the end. Not very challenging, but figuring out some of the stream crossings was a headscratcher at points. Perfect for a sunny day-- most of the trail is shaded!

hiking
1 day ago

Loved this short-ish hike! Many stream crossings and poison ivy, but a great hike next to a stream up a cool canyon leading to an arch. Myself and hiking partner didn't find it difficult, but does require some balance on the stream crossings.

Easy to lose trail--not as well marked with cairns as others, but well worth it (obviously). Busy.

Much harder trail than described in several publications. If you have any balance issues this is not the trail for you. You have to scramble up several rock outcroppings and cross a stream nine times. Most people seem to enjoy it we did not.

off road driving
2 days ago