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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
12 hours ago

What a spectacular hike with truly amazing and breathtaking views. Don’t let the climb from Landscape arch scare you. It’s not as bad as it looks. This is a must do hike. Much better IMO than the Delicate Arch hike in that you are wowed the whole way from Landscape until reaching the Double O. We started at 7:30 and finished about 10:30 with plenty of photo taking in between.

amazing hike with so much to look at all around. not recommend for someone with a fear of hights!

Great hike! Nice long uphill to the arch but totally worth it. Pretty crowded but to be expected.

amazing. don't forget permits are required, you can get your permit at the visitor center

Very easy way to see a few arches. Heavily trafficked.

this one is a must as it is quite sorry and scenario is unique, all sand it gets cooler than the rest of the area. nice place to so and let the kids play!

this is a really good hike with an awesome view of the famous arches. the park classified as difficult but I did not find it difficult at all and I am really out of shape. I would not recommend for toddlers because of the height. a must do.

The visitor center at Arches has this listed as strenuous however it is more of a low grade moderate... there were small children running up the trail without trouble. Beautiful views on this hike, highly recommended!

The arch is magnificent - no doubt about it. But the walk to get there is somewhat underwhelming and the crowds were insane. If you’re dying to check this one off your list, go very early in the day or off-season.

Perfect! It deserves every step we made

hiking
3 days ago

Nice trail, some nice shady areas, but lots of poison ivy. Trail can be hard to follow at times. Wish i had worn chacos to walk through the water! Lots of dogs!

hiking
3 days ago

stunning to do at sunset and then wait for the stars.

Easy, beautiful but busy!

Amazing hike. Make sure you get there when the park opens and head straight to the back of the park to start. We started at 8:10 AM and the weather was still cool. Trail started to get busy around 10 AM.

hiking
4 days ago

one of the most beautiful hikes in the park with views in any direction. one narrow walk up a rock path and boom there you are looking at the Delicate Arch.

Best hike in the Park. We did it counter-clockwise which was a good call---also made it a harder hike.

Lots of arches on this one hike.

Do it.

hiking
4 days ago

Right inside the main entrance. This is an easy stretch of the legs and especially a great intro for first timers to Arches NP. It has that "Mars" feeling for the newbie---especially if visited just after dawn or just before sunset. The shadowing and sky color make it surreal.

One of those Classics that everyone just HAS to do.

I would call it an easy hike. Get there early-ish if you want a photo of the arch by itself and w/o people.

This hike was super fun. A bit busy in the beginning of the trail but you can break away from crowds about a mile or so into it. Some of the arches are disappointing and others are great. As an avid hiker the trail was a little hard to follow once you get into the primitive trail towards the end of the loop. There is some rock scrambling as well. Just pay attention to the little stacked rocks to stay on trail - I think park rangers put them there for that reason. With exploring off the trail a bit I walked about 9-10 miles and it took me about 5 hours to do total and I would consider myself in shape and an intermediate hiker. All in all,the hike was great and worth it!

hiking
5 days ago

Lovely

hiking
5 days ago

Hiked on April 2018. Amazing! What an arc!

hiking
5 days ago

I've been wanting to do this hike for a long time, and it was so worth it!

hiking
5 days ago

Conveniently close to highway 128 campgrounds. Great hike with a spectacular view of morning glory arch at the end. Follows a river with lots of poison ivy growing, but as long as you can identify it it’s not hard to avoid. We used a preventative lotion before and poison ivy wash after just to be safe.

Crowded, straight up stairs the whole way, and an underwhelming view of delicate arch

hiking
5 days ago

Pretty views of a unique section of arches, but much of it is visible from the road too. Go if you want to take some nice photos, otherwise the stairs make it pretty difficult for a 2 mi hike

Great trail. Pretty well marked. Got there around 7:30am and had no issues finding a spot in the parking lot. There were a fair amount of people coming down from the sunrise hike, but actually not too many people starting the hike at that time.

Also went back and did this hike at night and it was completely empty. The view of the stars was amazing. Just make sure to bring a head lamp and download the map before you go just in case you lose the cairns in the dark.

hiking
6 days ago

The trail was shady with multiple water crossings all of the way up. I honestly didn't even notice the arch at the end until someone told me to look up. There is a nice rest area at the end with slick rock, water, and lots of shade. CAUTION: There was SO MUCH POISON IVY. The last 1/8 of the trail was a forest of poison ivy on both sides of the trail. Be very careful bringing dogs and children.

hiking
6 days ago

Nice shady hike along the stream to the arch. Many beautiful views and vistas along the way. Warning - lots of poison ivy, so stay on the trail and it is easily avoidable. Prickly pear are starting to bloom. There is a nice half-mile side hike in the canyon to the south at the 1.2 mile point from the trailhead that ends in a nice waterfall grotto - no water flowing at this time, but still worth it if you want a little extra. Stay in the stream bed to get there.

Amazing hike! The water all along the way made it so much fun, especially for our dog. I wore my Merrell hiking sandals, so I walked in the water a lot of the way. Our 7 month old baby loved playing in the sand once we reached Morning Glory and we enjoyed a nice little lunch and relaxed for a little. It's now one of my favorite trails.

hiking
6 days ago

Fun and quiet. Lots to explore beyond the arch

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