Park Avenue Trail

MODERATE 127 reviews
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Park Avenue Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
298 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Short downhill hike near the Arches National Park Entrance with spectacular views of red rock fins and towers. Time: 30 to 60 minutes Arches offers a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets. From Park Avenue parking area, the trail descends steeply into a spectacular canyon and continues down the wash to Courthouse Towers. If you have a shuttle driver, you can begin at one point and be picked up at the other. For round-trip hiking, retrace your steps along the trail rather than walk along the park road.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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.

1 month ago

Our family loved it.

hiking
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month 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

hiking
3 months ago

95% of people stay in the parking lot, but the views from the floor are stunning. It’s about 100 stairs down, then a short walk... go as far as you like, perfect for kids, lots of room to explore and unlike other trails, nothing they can catastrophically fall off. We went late afternoon (around 6 PM); we were in the shade the whole time and the light was perfect.

hiking
3 months ago

Great early morning warm up hike. Weather was cool and hardly anyone was there at that time. Most take photographs at the viewpoint, but the easy hike into the canyon is well worth it to give you a perspective of the massive sandstone monoliths and the enveloping solitude.

hiking
3 months ago

Easy trail, great scenery. We went after a light rain, so the potholes were filled with water and the stream was gently flowing on the rock bed, carving its channel. Nice to be down in the canyon, up close and personal!

3 months ago

Great trail, bring water! Charge that cell phone for awesome pictures.

4 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

amazingly beautiful!

hiking
5 months ago

So glad we took the trail down from the overlook. All the elevation gain is right at the trailhead on the south end, but they have installed steps that make it very doable. On a Saturday in January we pretty much had the trail to ourselves.

hiking
7 months ago

If you have someone picking you up at the far end of the trail this is an easy, all-downhill hike. If not, going up the stairs at the end is the only part that'll require much effort.

7 months ago

Nice hike to get it all started!

hiking
8 months ago

I'm not sure why this is moderate...it's very easy. You walk down some steps and then it's relatively flat walking thru rock formations. Very pretty, but not technical at all! I guess maybe walking back up is supposed to be hard?? I would even take small children, it's that easy!

8 months ago

You cannot beat the scenery on this trail. Walking among giant rock formations is awe inspiring. We hiked it twice in one day to maximize lighting for photos and because we love it so much. Temps are comfortable in late October.

8 months ago

Great. Scenic Views. Great for kids.

hiking
9 months ago

La vue du départ est la meilleure, donc l’intérêt de descendre est limité. Il y a tellement mieux à faire dans le parc.

9 months ago

Spectacular views & relatively easy other than some steep steps coming back. Well marked, very open

9 months ago

Nice short introductory walk in the park through a canyon

hiking
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Did this hike right around 10am but it was hot already! minimal shade, amazing views!

hiking
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Phew, this was a hot one. I did this hike today (July 10th) about mid-day. There are patches of shade along the way, but for the most part you'll be under the full force of the sun. The trail starts at the Park Avenue overlook with a bunch of stairs leading down to a "primitive" trail. The trail gives you plenty of great views of the surrounding rock formations. The trail wins around the Courthouse formation at the end. You can turn around and retrace your steps or con a friend into picking you up at the Couthouse overlook.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Pretty and quiet. Awe inspiring walk. Circled the court house tower at the end.

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

The view is beautiful but what you see at the lookout is same as what you see down the trail. Not worth the time to hike down unless you have time to kill.
We made the mistake of thinking this is just a simple trail and we could just run down and back up with no problems. But let me tell you that was the biggest mistake we ever made. Although the trail is short we went out around 3pm and with no water on that trail. We've done many trails before but nothing prepared us for the horrid desert like heat! I almost didn't make it up those last steps.
Don't mistaken a simple hike like this. You must be well prepared with sun protection and water even for this type of trail.

hiking
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Did some night photography here last week and it was awesome!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

A beautiful early morning hike in the shade, and then enjoy the sun rising above the eastern wall. We there last week. Amazing!!!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Nice, easy hike!

hiking
Friday, May 05, 2017

Fun hike! Not hard at all. Beautiful views!

hiking
Thursday, May 04, 2017

Easy hike with breathtaking panoramas. Highly recommended.

hiking
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Great afternoon colors. A quick out and back.

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