Tower Arch Trail

MODERATE 26 reviews
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Tower Arch Trail is a 2.5 mile lightly 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
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
643 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

off road driving

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Large, secluded arch hidden behind the Klondike Bluffs. Trail is 3.4 miles long, gains just over 100 feet in elevation, but constant up-and-down means quite a bit more than the elevation suggests! This is out in the middle of nowhere as far as the park goes, with extremely light traffic; it is suggested that visitors bring plenty of water. Just a little under half-way between the beginning of the trail and Tower Arch is the monument known as the Marching Men. Part of a gigantic fin of eroding sandstone, the Marching Men are a series of tall, thin towers that stand atop the fin in a row, much like soldiers at attention. The arch itself is very large; with a 92-foot span it is far from the largest in the park. But the awe-inspiring immensity of Tower Arch comes as much from its impressive size as it does from its depth, and solid presence. It is an arch befitting the entrance to an Olympian palace, heavy, intimidating, and defiant in its graceful span.

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2 months ago

Scenic hike, away from the maddening crowds. Trail is adequately marked but pay attention to the cairns and remember the trail is a hairpin. The dirt road out there is oiled and packed, no 4 wheel needed. There is very little parking out there too. The arch is my favorite in the park. Don't miss it.

3 months ago

Fun trail. Take this to eye of the whale arch and then did willow springs road it made for a long fun day. All dirt roads out to 191 from start of this trail

3 months ago

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6 months ago

If you like solitude and tranquility, this may be for you. Not overly strenuous and reasonablly well marked trail leads you to a small hill and then a small valley surrounded by sandstone pillars and walls. After climbing a small sandy slope, you become surrounded by fins and well eroded rocks. You are then almost at the front of a big theater stage. Spend some time exploring the formations and enjoy some well deserved snacks. You are ready to turn back. More likely than not, you will be only few there.

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8 months ago

Really special hike. Rushed thru it to make sunset and wasn't disappointed! Sand was a little deep in spots, but the scenery makes up for it!

9 months ago

Great hike, I had the trail to myself and it was well worth the climbs and the sand in my boots. Take lot's of water it was 78 degrees and I went through 60 ounces.

10 months ago

Probably my favorite hikes in the park now that Delicate Arch has become SO busy!, It's got it all Some good Rock scrambling in the beginning & the end. Slick rock & also has some decent amount of sand, be prepared. We were here for at least 4 hours, never saw another soul. Awesome way to catch a sunset

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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Great way to get away from the crowds in the park and the pay off was worth it. Went in early June and saw 2 other groups I the trail. In a cooler climate, this trail would be easy, but the summer heat made it tough. Be sure to fill your water bottles at the visitor center before heading out. The dirt road to the trailhead was very well maintained.

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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Great February hike!

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014