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Tower Arch Trail is a 2.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Moab, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Length 2.4 mi Elevation gain 600 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Scramble Fee No dogs
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Arches National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55. Large, secluded arch hidden behind the Klondike Bluffs. Trail 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.

Minimal parking at the sandy parking area, but with how little this trail is used, you will not have a problem getting parking.

Utah Travel Council, Council Hall, P.O. Box 147420 , Salt Lake City, UT, 84114, Phone: 801-538-1030, travel@utah.com

Directions from Main Park Entrance: Drive northward 16.7 miles along the main park road to Salt Valley Road. Turn left and follow Salt Valley Road 7.7 miles through the valley to a fork in the road. Bear left at the fork and drive 1.3 miles to the Klondike Bluffs trailhead.

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Julius Cesare
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Serene and peaceful.

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Gina Martyn
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Cristen Anders
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Sarah Mantle
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FAVORITE hike of all the trails at Arches. This hike is off a gravel road and I’m sure most people overlook this one. We ran into one other person on this hike compared to the hundreds on the other trails. The views are absolutely gorgeous at the end.

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Ryan Kirlin
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Sophie Hurcombe
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Had the trail all to ourselves, super rare for a trail in Arches NP. Beautiful location with the sun coming up

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Carla Halvorson
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This was our favorite hike in Arches! The dirt road that leads to the trail isn't marked with the trail name, so if you don't know what you are looking for you will miss it. Which is why I think it's such a hidden gem! We got to the trail before 8am and we were the first ones there. When we returned 4 hours later, there were only 10 cars in the parking lot. The dirt road is not bad, just a typical dirt road with some wash-board places. The first part of the trail is a little overwhelming because you scramble up a lot of rocks, but once you get over that, it's really just a lot of slick rock and sand. The last part of the trail is very sandy, going uphill and was tough, but the arch at the end was totally worth it. We didn't notice on the way to the arch that the trail was on a slight decline, but we really felt the incline on the way back!

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Rachel Lippincott
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The trail sounds daunting and definitely has it’s challenging section, but if you go out prepared and take your time you can soak in all the beauty without exhausting yourself.

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Christopher Ficek
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Brian Casabella
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Lot of elevation and little shade. Totally worth it though.

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Kathy Fanning
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Nice, less visited trail and arch. A bit of everything, slickrock, sand, rock scrambling, but doable by most fit folks. LOTS of cairns and easy to follow, but we still saw a group go way off trail because they just weren't paying attention. Closer to 3 miles.

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Jeff Gottwig
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wendi patocs
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wonderful hike. this is our favorite hike in Arches so far. Many Cairns guide the way. not crowded at all. So worth it!

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Bradley Burke
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Will Pirnasch
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Robert Morrison
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Less traffic than other trails in the park.

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Eric Schlichter
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Awesome!

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Bryan Barrett
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Great, secluded trail in the back of Arches National park! Great mix of vistas, hiking between rock fins, varied terrain, and rock scrambles. Relatively easy hike, but the rock scramble at the start and the hike up the dune at the end make it more difficult. My favorite hike I’ve done in Arches

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Rick Deluca
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Gail Haygood
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Adam P
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Amazing hike in the rain today. We were the only people out there which was an amazing experience. A super easy hike with incredible views. The trail is well marked by many cairns.

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Charnel Hart
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Craig Johnson
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