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Mesa Arch Trail

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Mesa Arch Trail is a 0.6 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 bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 0.6 miles Elevation Gain: 62 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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
1 day ago

We arrived just after sunrise and that was just the right timing! We’ve read that you should be there between sunrise and an hour or so to avoid people and see the sun come through the arch. And it was just that! Great experience!

hiking
1 day ago

Good for sunrise

hiking
4 days ago

Easy gradual incline to a great payoff. Bests viewed in the morning— even at 10am when we went, the sun through the arch causes it to glow and look spectacular.

hiking
4 days ago

Incredible views at sunrise

hiking
6 days ago

Terrific view but this is not really a hike. The arch itself is worth a stop but it is a highly accessible one so attracts many visitors.

hiking
8 days ago

Short, easy trail with beautiful view of the arch and canyon. It can get a bit crowded as everyone jockeys for that perfect shot.

hiking
9 days ago

Short, easy, and beautiful.

hiking
no shade
10 days ago

Beautiful at sunrise but lots of people setting up their tripods in front of the arch so it’s hard to get a good pic without other people in it. But truly gorgeous.

hiking
no shade
rocky
16 days ago

hiking
16 days ago

Nice views but completely overrun, even at sunrise. Good luck getting a photo without strangers in it.

hiking
19 days ago

Trail itself is nothing to get excited about. Yes, the arch is beautiful with great views of the canyon. The main reason for the low rating is the massive amount of people all trying to jockey into position to get the perfect photo. Very touristy and parking was a bit if a problem, even around 11am on a Tuesday in September.

21 days ago

Quick hike to a pretty lookout! Took us 15 minutes round trip. Ate lunch at the top to start our day of hiking.

hiking
25 days ago

This is a short and easy little guy, but the payoff at the end is amazing! The view through the arch is one of the coolest things I have ever seen, and I've been to Akron.

hiking
29 days ago

Fairly easy trail with a beautiful arch at the end. I didn’t make it for sunrise but was there around 8:30 am in September. Very few people at the arch, so I was able to get great shots as though I were alone. When I drove by later in the day, it was packed.

hiking
1 month ago

fun little trail with a cool arch at the end. If you hit it at sunrise the sun will shine through the arch which is pretty cool.

hiking
1 month ago

Very crowded so hard to get a good photo of the arch. Try going super early if you want a quieter experience. Short and easy hike to the arch. Completed in May 2019.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

This was an easy and quick hike with a beautiful reward in the middle of the loop. Mesa arch is breathtaking. There were a few groups while we were there so people formed a line for photos. Make sure you wear sunscreen. There is barely any shade on this hike in the summer and it is hot. The trail is well marked with a path and Cairns on the slab. Make sure to stay on the path so that you don't disturb the protective layer of biogical soul in these areas.

hiking
1 month ago

amazing

hiking
1 month ago

Nice short trail to the arch. Beautiful view!

hiking
1 month ago

Great views of the canyon

hiking
1 month ago

We enjoyed this walk, be sure to stay on the trail to preserve the biological soil that is prevalent in the area. Take your time and learn about the the various species of trees and plants indigenous the area. The Arch is beautiful - photograph it from the right side to get the best view.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful & easy!

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely gorgeous in the morning light. Quick / short loop. Heard a guide saying there were 40 people at sunrise, we were there half hour later with only 6 others.

hiking
1 month ago

A super easy loop, with fantastic views. If you’re in the park, it’s worth taking half an hour to check out!

hiking
1 month ago

Hike is more like a simple and short walk. View is spectacular!!

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy trail and the view is amazing!

hiking
1 month ago

One of the best short hikes in the park. It’s great for families. The views are well worth it and there are a lot of cool paths to explore.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Very short and easy hike - good for most abilities (not accessible for chairs, etc). Be sure to be patient to snap a picture of the arch as there are lots of tourists.

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