Tower Arch Trail

MODERATE 39 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 is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

2.5 miles
593 feet
Out & Back



nature trips



wild flowers




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.

2 months ago

Wonderful hike! Less crowded than the other spots in Arches. There are a couple very sandy slopes that you'll need to climb so be prepared for the work but it all pays off once you make it to the arch.

6 months ago

Fun off road drive to get there. Nice hike. I was the only one there

6 months ago

definitely a must-do!! driving 8 miles off the beaten path basically makes it a private hike. sunrise = amazing photos!! the cairns on this hike puts others to shame. be prepared for a steep climb at the start AND finish plus sand that will soon be your arch nemesis.

7 months ago

Quiet and nice.

10 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.

11 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

Monday, November 28, 2016

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.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

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.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

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

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.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Great February hike!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Best hike ever. Went in mid June, 85 degrees, and only four other people on the trail.

Monday, May 19, 2014

The trail-head is reached after an 8 mile drive on a washboard Salt Valley Road. The road starts near Sand Dune Arch and ends at the parking area and took us about 30 minutes travel time. T he trail climbs steeply from the parking lot then gradually drops until you get to Marching Men. Then the trail climbs thru soft sand until you arrive at Tower Arch. This is the longer of the two accesses to the arch. The other access is by 4X4 road.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Dramatic and rewarding hike of easy-moderate effort. Pass the standing soldiers and through a sandy dune into large arch surmounted by a tower. It's out and back and gets hotter than the rest of the park. Allow time to explore the arch and fins around it.

off road driving
Saturday, March 03, 2012

North of Moab; in Arches NP. Very isolated, miles from anything. The Arches 4X4 road starts off the Salt Valley Road.

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