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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

Hiked counterclockwise, loved the less-crowded "Primitive Trail" section. We got seriously off-track when getting back onto the main trail from the Double-O arch, and ended up scrambling across a fin to get back on track; not very well-marked if you're going the opposite direction like we were. Extremely windy on the scary high fin section, which was freaky--be careful! Absolutely beautiful though, and no snow/ice to speak of when we went. The Partition arch and Dark Angel formation have the best views imo!

Super Easy and beautiful!

If it wasn’t windy we would’ve stayed all day!

Think this should be a registered hike...Only to account for those who might not make it out. A few of us were "lost" here and there. It was super windy and snowing on occasion. Were some pretty cold points with the snow coming down. For a beginner afraid of heights, with health issues, it took me longer than most but I was still able to do it. Two helping hands from strangers... one letting us know we were going the right way and the other literally lent a hand across a rock face... above a huge puddle with no way around. This is one time I didnt let pride get in the way. Butt crawling and all is involved in this hike. Beautiful views of everything. Went clockwise. For those of us out of shape... this makes for a difficult hike. Go prepared for anything... including plunging off a rock face into the the occasional massive puddle :) Thanks random stranger for keeping me dry!

It's like a ceremonial procession going through raised areas and terraces. The last access passway gives a certain experience of surprise as you approach boarding the rocky walls to the high point where the arch is. Viewing the forms you can imagine the naturalistic forces, winds and water, which shaped the landscape in a formidable "style."
But if it's a windy day as today was you should know that you will be straining particularly your muscles and the gusts will strike your face with sand. This could be taken by many people as a part of the adventure. But it's highly rewarded to come and see this marvel surrounded by a concave harmonic space. The senses of abbys and height, of closure and openness are almost architectural.

Just happened to be there in a day that wind gusts of over 20mph. It didn’t seem to stop anyone from going. Beautiful views, courteous hikers.

Great hike to wind down from spending the previous day at Arches. I actually liked this trail more than the ones I hiked at the National Park. It become very busy by mid day but we were already on our way out by 11:00 am. There are a couple spots that may be difficult for young children or dogs, but they are by no means impassable without a little help. The trail is gentle and easy to follow, and we enjoyed taking our time. We did not spot poison ivy, and neither did our dog. This tuckered out our 12 month old golden collie, but not us, so it's a good way to tire out your dog so you can spend the afternoon exploring Moab and getting some afternoon coffee and appetizers. Finally, just plan on some wet feet if you go, there are a number of stream crossings.

Easy but gorgeous. Go early to avoid crowds. If you're able, it's def worth trying some climbing.

Go earliest in the morning as possible! 1) to get parking 2) to avoid the mass crowds of tourists and 3) to avoid the scorching sun - if going in early summer, it can be 90 degrees already by 10am. Very beautiful, a good hike, but too many people. Don't forget your water, don't forget to check out the petroglyphs, and don't be afraid to explore a little more off the path. Worth seeing once to say you've been there ;)

Beautiful hike that we started early. Should have taken the advice provided by other reviewers on All Trails, we hiked this loop trail clockwise and somewhere missed a sign and ended up further in the gardens than other tracks show and we didn't deem to go in as far NW as other tracks. That said, beautiful hike. There was a crisp blue sky which contrasted beautifully with the red rock and arches.

Go early (0800ish) and avoid the mass waves of people! Very easy hike. Great finish at the end. I ended up enjoying this much more than I thought I would.

hiking
4 days ago

The whole family loved this arch and hike! Great fun for the kids, fun photo ops for dad, and minimal danger for mom to worry about. Definitely worth your time. We went at noon, and the lighting was awesome. Probably one of the few arches where the lighting is as interesting at noon as it is at sunrise or sunset.

hiking
4 days ago

Did this hike with wife and 5 children, and it was awesome! It is now the standard by which I will be judging future hikes of similar length. The terrain was varied and interesting, wildlife plentiful, scenery beautiful, and of course the big reveal at the end of the hike is as rewarding as any hike I have been on. The feeling of coming around the corner and seeing the size and grandeur and marvel of nature that is Delicate Arch was inspiring! It made my hair stand up on my arms and neck. I hope to make this a family tradition. I was nervous to take my five year old, and other children who love to run and climb, but they did great. The only parts that caused me concern were about the last 100 yards, and when I looked at the drop-off on the other side of the arch. With good instruction and careful judgment this is a hike the whole family will love.

Beautiful. Most people didn't hike down, they just took pictures from the view point. I highly recommend you walk down. It's on half a mile round trip.

We actually drove the entire park route the previous day, but I have uploaded the photo with this recording. There is a lot to see from the road itself. We had planned a few grand hikes, but as the weather turned to sleet and snow, we decided to drive through the park and do a few easy hikes. It was actually very relaxing and made us stop to see more of the roadside attractions/rock formations we would have otherwise drove past to get to trailheads. And, now that the road construction has been completed, there are more pull offs to stop and take photos from different views. If you don't want to do hikes or want to only do short hikes, you still get to see a lot of awesome sights in Arches!

So many people actually said that if you can do or have done the Delicate Arch trail that this trail was a waste of time and boring. I went in with those thoughts, but actually was pleasantly surprised. It's kind of nice to see this different view of the arch and the cliff face on the other side that you don't see from the actual trail (which I have done twice in the past). We spent close to an hour on the trail, much of it walking around at the view point. Keep in mind that when it rains or sleets/wet snows, the trail can get muddy, messy and slippery like it did on this day.

We got to the arch at dark. I really liked this arch and actually thought this would be more boring than tunnel arch. I found tunnel arch less exciting than pine tree. Hope to go back in the daylight someday.

This is not a walk in the park. There are parts that are really tough and require a lot of flexibility and also a bit of fearlessness (I never slid down a rock before... it wasn't much of a drop, but still there is a bit of anxiety about it when it's your first time!)....

We found the default alltrails app map quite reliable and helpful (if you want to follow the main trail without taking the side trails).

Though there are parts of the trail where you are walking on flat sand, this is only for short durations. You will scramble up and down rocks, through skinny slots, some with steps and some flat, straddle over rock cracks, scooch along the wall with your butt on one side, legs on the other, do little jumps from one rock to the other, and more. We aren't too fit, but got up to about the 6th or 7th arrow then called it a day and turned around mostly because we couldn't find the route, and the area there was a bit hard to figure out where to go. As we were there on Feb. 11, there was not a ranger led hike, so we relied on our own route finding skills. We spent about 2 hours to get through at 1.5 miles... with all the twists and turns to get in, the side trails (skull arch, walk through arch- but missed the crawl through) and a few other offshoot trails. We walked out quite quickly in about 45 minutes tracing back the path we came in on without taking offshoot trails, but did manage to get a little lost three times before getting out!

Though we did not finish the trail, I am happy we were able to see what we saw. I think we did well considering we were without a ranger or a guide. It's well worth a try if you have the time!

I recorded our trail, and the images will be loaded with GPS points to the trail.

hiking
9 days ago

Have hiked Delicate Arch a few times, but always in the summer. Best to start early, 5am or so. Then you a) avoid the direct sun and hottest part of the day, b) you avoid the largest crowds and you are c) rewarded with a beautiful sunrise. Rangers are overworked and frustrated with avg person who does not hike, and does not bring plenty of water for themselves and their kids. The hike is moderate; uphill hiking up the slickrock; would not recommend it for those with a fear of heights. Beautiful beautiful scenery; sitting at the arch area and taking it all in is just the best.

hiking
10 days ago

This is pretty cool! Our second time in a year, but this time in the snow. If you look to the formations to the left of the double arch, and use your imagination, it can look like a parade of elephants!
Went on Feb. 10, 2018

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