Explore the most popular wildlife trails in Arches National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

One of the most unique hikes I’ve been on. Can be tough with the heat. Go very early or late afternoon. Bring plenty of water

hiking
4 hours ago

Planned to hike this in before sunset to catch sunset at the arch and then hike out under the moon. Unfortunately got a late start and hiked up around twilight. Wound up getting lost during one of the more open slick rock areas. Had enough of a signal to pick up GPS and map my way back to the trail. Stupid moon didn't rise until 1:13 am after we made it back to camp lol! Was still a ton of fun. I'd repeat it in the daytime anyday.

Amazing. Did it with kids 10 & 13 on a VERY hot day. It’s difficult in my opinion, but I think that had a lot to do with the heat.

hiking
21 hours ago

A fun hike to this iconic Utah arch. Try to make it during cooler parts of the day. Shade to escape from the heat is slim.

Beautiful hike. Did it at the beginning of June. We tried to start early, around 7:30, but took us a while to get our park pass at the main entrance. They need to figure out how to expedite that a little better. The trail is pretty exposed the whole way, so plenty of sunscreen and water are a must. I had 3 liters and it was enough. Plus a couple small gatorades. We went to dark angel at the end of the loop and came back the same way. Left side with Navajo arch. What an amazing place. Beautiful landscape.

was too tired to hike the real trail so i did the lookout

Great and challenging trail! This is not a difficult hike, but there are definitely some “sketchy” parts if you’re afraid of heights (like me).

We went counterclockwise (so, started towards the right side) and it was the best decision we could have made. It’s much easier going up than down when you’re afraid of heights... we still got nervous in some parts, but only enough to make you feel proud when having gone through it!

Took us 4 hours and we stopped at all arches.

Sweet hike. We arrived in parking lot at 730 am. lots of people. wouldn't recommend going much later than that!

Wait! What? what is this advice of going counter clockwise? i did the loop this afternoon and it was hot as hell...no wonder they call it the devil's garden.
the arches were great. Despite it being hot and much more difficult there is peace in having a trail all to yourself. I only brought two bottles of water (and truth be told an ipa I drank on the way up). I had to conserve. The primitive portion was hotter than the rest due to less breezes. It was easy to overheat there walking in all that endless sand.

quick and easy. cross the street and do the other one too. be patient with parking, spors were completely filled around 11 and I assume most of the afternoon

It was a great hike, especially the way up to the Partition and Navajo Arches. not too hard except for one steep climb

Great shady trail with a lot of surprises and places to explore. A must do hike. We went counter clockwise on the trail. Make sure you find the arch located in the area before the true steps in an area marked dead end. Arrows on trail are a little (lot) misleading at times making exploring easy. Have fun!

We did the extended primitive loop and took everyone here's advice to go clockwise. That was a great choice! The arches were nice, but nowhere near the experience of delicate arch. The views were nice, but not for the work it took to get there. I didn't think the heights were that bad and I'm not a fan of heights.

Short, easy stroll from the parking lot. Loved how the views of the rocks change as yuh walk around them, can get right up under them. Neat!

Spectacular! Description is accurate, harder hike getting to the arch and the return is pretty easy. We were even treated to a flute player under the arch!

Our kids were little at the time and it was a great trail for them. Next time we will definitely explore more places!

Amazing at sunset. Took 35 mins up (we maintained a pretty constant pace). Could be tricky to see trail when walking up the sandstone but you can easily follow the crowds. It’s popular for a reason - don’t be deterred by the number of people!

cool view for minimal effort!

This hike was amazing, but be warned: if you have a fear of heights (at least when it comes to places you could be seriously hurt if you fell), this hike could cause you to face your fears! Although it was really mentally challenging for me and I had to sit down/slide and crawl through 2 sections, it was a joy to see so many arches up close.

Not sure if you can constitute this as a hike. Pull over in the parking area and walk down a sidewalk to get close to the balancing rock. Fed a must see in the park

hiking
5 days ago

Just a word of caution, we did not get to hike the trail. The map given at the visitor's center shows a "4WD" road that heads SW from Salt valley road. You'll pass it if you take the conventional way to the trailhead. We thought we could use this road and get a shorter hike from the SW side. We had a 4WD and we ended up stuck on rocks for over an hour. I do not recommend this direction unless you have a high clearance 4WD vehicle.

Gorgeous !! Be sure to stop at Frame arch before delicate arch

Hiked this today. It’s one of my favorite hikes ever! It’s not easy but not too difficult. I loved climbing high up onto the rocks and the views take your breath away.
We followed the cairns to stay on trail. It would be easy to get lost if you don’t pay attention. We went clockwise and I’m glad that we did. The last couple of miles were sandy and got my heart going a little.
Don’t miss this hike and definitely make it to Dark Angel.

We hiked this with my family yesterday. It’s a beautiful hike. It’s not difficult if you’re fit. My parents were slower but it wasn’t terribly difficult. The view was beautiful and well worth the small, short climb.

Great hike! I personally like wooded hikes better than desert hikes, but when in Utah, right!? Very hot (mid June) but we survived with the winds cooling us down, 3.5 liters of water each, and plenty of snacks! The arches are really beautiful and we especially loved the double o arches. Took us about 5.5 hours with breaks. Wear sunscreen!

Primitive part of the trail. Great. Let me tell you I’m in no way fit. Really. Not fit at all. Other reviews scared me, but the hardest part of the primitive trail is the last mile (maybe more or less) it’s all uphill & sandy to get out of the canyon and back to the regular trail. I’m a novice & the cairns were extremely easy to find. Definitely go clockwise, there was 1 or 2 steep slickrock drops that seem extremely hard going counter. Take your time, bring water, don’t let other reviews deter you. Oh and go early, I went 7:30-12:00 and the last bit was terrible in the heat.

This trail has a little bit of everything. Nice climb up the rocks out of the gate, then a descent into the valley only to climb out on the far side on thick sand. At the top of the sand you have a great view of the Marching Men. Then up more sand & into a bunch of fins only to look up & there's the arch. Great hike, even if it was pushing 100°. Very little shade, take more water than you think you'll need

hiking
7 days ago

Definitely a height issue haha
Loved the end game, well worth the hike

hiking
7 days ago

Oh my, what a hike. The stairs are killer! Enjoyed it very much, but be prepared for a somewhat long uphill hike back!

hiking
8 days ago

Simple for kids, a bit long - so go in the morning when you get the shade. Lots to look at and some basic scrambling on the rocks. If you want an easy way - start at Courthouse Towers and go to the bottom of the stairs by the main parking lot. Otherwise, those stairs get you at the end of the trail...

Pay attention about half way through and you can look out and see Balanced Rock in the distance.

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