Mesa Arch Trail

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Mesa Arch Trail is a 0.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Moab, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
0.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
121 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

An easy walk out to an arch perched right on a cliff edge. A great sunrise hike in Canyonlands National Park with great views. The Island in the Sky mesa rests on sheer sandstone cliffs over 1,000 feet above the surrounding terrain. Every overlook offers a different perspective on Canyonlands' spectacular landscape. The Island is the easiest district to visit in a short period of time, offering many pullouts with spectacular views along the paved scenic drive. Hiking trails and four-wheel-drive roads access backcountry areas for day or overnight trips. Mesa Arch Trail is easy and offers great views from the arch perched right on a cliff edge. A great sunrise hike. Start: Mesa Arch parking area Time: 30 minutes

hiking
4 days ago

This little hike combines the beauty of Canyonlands with the amazing Mesa Arch. The arch frames the Canyonlands vista. The trail goes from the parking lot to the rim of the canyon at a point where an arch has been formed right at the rim of the canyon. Well worth the stop.

hiking
1 month ago

Started the hike around 6:30 a.m. (sunrise at 7:35). It must of taken 10-15 minutes to get to the arch, tops. Not far at all. Though it was somewhat tricky navigating in the dark (bring your headlamps/flashlights and look for the the cairns).

There were maybe 20-30 people there...in January. But for good reason. These sunrises are a photographer’s dream. I can’t even begin to describe how beautiful they are, so I’m not going to. You’ll just have to see for yourself. Highly recommend.

Must go before the sunrise and watch it.

walking
1 month ago

Easy hike, good views. The arch is right on the cliff edge, so be cautious.

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy walk. Not a lot of people when we visited in August! Easy to get pictures of the arch, you/arch, and views from inside the arch without feeling rushed.

hiking
2 months ago

An easy walk. The second most beautiful arch in Utah and very few people! It was interesting to read about all the desert flora too.

walking
2 months ago

I like this arch every bit as much as the ones at Arches. Great arch, nice walk in to see it. I liked standing way off to the right to see how it is not really connected...kind of crazy.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful, short, and easy! A must-do when visiting Canyonlands!

hiking
3 months ago

We love this place. I know it can get crowded, but there is something about the spirit here that I absolutely love. This is our second time in a few months visiting this arch, both times for sunrise. Today it was a little less crowded being close to off season and a weekday morning. This time we could find the entire loop trial by GPS here on alltrails.... it's a very easy trail but somehow the other time we came, we came in and out on the same path. Both ways are beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

Finally hiked to the iconic Mesa Arch that I've been seeing photos of for years. Unfortunately to late to watch the sunrise that it's so famous for

hiking
3 months ago

Not much of a “hike” but you should definitely do it for the view at the end. Very easy hike though.

4 months ago

so pretty during sunset!

hiking
4 months ago

Great loop trail with a beautiful view of Mesa Arch.

hiking
5 months ago

A beautiful arch framing breathtaking views of the canyons below. One of the best sights we've seen in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks!

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Not much of a hike, however you can capture a picture of both arches from the backside.

hiking
5 months ago

Stunning view

5 months ago

Gorgeous gorgeous views! Tons of fauna descriptions.

hiking
6 months ago

Short and simple hike with a beautiful view!

hiking
6 months ago

Easy hike but great views

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