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Park Avenue Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back 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, running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length 1.8 mi Elevation gain 298 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

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Wild flowers

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No dogs

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Getting There

Short downhill hike near the Arches National Park Entrance with spectacular views of red rock fins and towers. 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.

Parking is limited at all destinations. Popular trailheads like Delicate Arch and Devils Garden may fill for hours at a time, especially on weekends and holidays. Many parking spots can't fit recreational vehicles (RVs) or vehicles with trailers. If you're towing a car, considering driving it instead and leaving the big rig outside the park. For more suggestions on traveling in the park and how to avoid the crowds, visit the Traffic & Travel Tips page. Below are several alternatives to driving your own car. As part of a transportation planning effort, Arches is currently evaluating the use of alternative transportation methods and a three-year pilot program for a shuttle system to help reduce congestion throughout the park. Ref: http://www.nps.gov/arch/planyourvisit/gettingaround.htm

Park Mailing Address Arches National Park PO Box 907 Moab, UT 84532 Phone - (435) 719-2299 Headquarters - (435) 719-2100 Email - archinfo@nps.gov

The entrance to Arches NP is only 5 miles north of Moab, UT.

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Lysandra Ness
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Hiking

Nice easy hike from one end to the other and back. The staircase is a long one. Beautiful views throughout! Very few people on the trail - we only saw 3 total.

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Miranda Ness
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Hiking

Beautiful hike! Don’t stop because there are stairs, I promise you the view is worth it. Make sure to check your trail as you are recording and look closely for the rock towers to follow the trail in a couple of spots.

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Dennis Bellamy
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Hiking

Completed this hike first thing in the morning (7am). Perfect temps and great scenery. Trail very easy to follow. Rained the night before, so sand was slippery in spots, but not dangerous. Beautiful scenery looking up at canyon walls. Alone on the trail. By the time we turned around, sun was out and temps rose quickly. Getting back up the incline and those stairs was a workout but worth it.

Ashley Akright
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Safe in the canyon only in the morning follow the arrow at the end to stay on this marked trail

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edward woodhouse
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HikingGreat!

First hike in the park, stunning and astounding start to our experience. Hiked at 5:30pm and had the trail to ourselves. Shady since the rock walls blocked the sun. Cairns guide your way.

Nicholas Michael
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Hiking

Take this short hike for the start of your visit.

Ian Bastek
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Hiking

Beautiful start to the park!

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Victoria Nguyen
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HikingNo shade

Such a short quick hike with panoramic views. Third hike of the day and such a great one to end on!

Sarah Kovalesky
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Brett Acuff
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Hiking

We completed this at around 7:00pm and it was really nice because it was very well shaded. This hike loses basically all of its elevation right at the beginning. This is a very easy and straightforward hike. The only reason I only gave it four stars was there was a lot of graffiti and busted rocks along the trail where you can tell...selfish...people have been before. The human element really almost ruined it for us. Other than the humans causing issues, this is a beautiful and easy hike.

Wayman Thurman
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HikingNo shade

Only hiked part of the way and turned around. Was a nice trial with towering rocks surrounding the walk.

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Allen Engler
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HikingRocky

Short scenic route. Just do it.

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Chris Nguyen
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Hiking

Easy hike with a pretty view. Recommend a hat, sunscreens, and plenty of water. Enjoy.

Sarah Mcelvaney
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Great and easy 1 mile to end (2 miles round trip). Bring lots of water and sunscreen.

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Hiking

Nice hike. Down hill on the way. Some shade. Nice hike for kids. Beautiful scenery. One dislike was trail just ended at a road.

David W.
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Douglas Sears
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Hiking

REALLY enjoyed this trail. It was nice to be in the valley between rock formations, instead of climbing on and/or over rock formations.

Matt Giardiello
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Cool quick stop, but easily overshadowed by many of the other hikes in the park!

James Bates
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Hiking

This trail was an easy little trail. Do it early in the morning and you will have it all to yourself.

Jen Deir
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Hiking

Stunning. We went in the evening and saw very few people. The rock formations are amazing. The hike was easy, but really worth doing.

Samuel Sundstrom
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Kinda cool view of arches. But there’s no shade and it feels like a long hike with many stairs with a view that doesn’t change. Could be because we did it at 10 in the morning but it was very enjoyable and didn’t get great views. I suggest pulling off and viewing from the overlook a few yards in at the top and going to the bottom to look up park ave and at the courthouse towers.

Aaron Young
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Hiking

I did this hike in the morning before the crowds. I imagine this hike is best early in the morning or late in the evening before sunset when the shadows created are most dramatic. It’s a relatively easy out and back, with the most difficult and steepest section being the steps coming from the parking lot to the wash. After that the descent is fairly gradual. Pay attention to the way that water has uniquely shaped the rock you are walking on.

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