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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 No dogs
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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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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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Aaron Olsen
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Be prepared. Most of the elevation change comes from a rock scramble at the beginning and then up the sand dune at the 1 mile point. Not much shade. But, it is beautiful and secluded. Good work out.

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Brady Lusk
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John Lawson
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7 Mile unpaved dirt and sand road to get to the trail head. Turn left at, “Klondike Bluffs 1 mile” sign Great fun hiking and climbing. Sand and Slickrock at an incline. Saved this one for nearly last, but was worth the extra drive down the unpaved road!

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Michelle Luis
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I hiked this trail last summer and never left a review. It’s one of my favorite hikes because of the amazing terrain and views. It’s a short hike but a slow one due to the rocky and sandy trail. The view from the Tower Arch is incredible. It’s also one of the quieter trails which is nice, less traffic. The road to the trailhead is all dirt so perhaps that’s why. There is little shade so beware. Absolutely would hike again.

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travis leonard
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after the long drive through the gravel road, you first climb a steep sharp rock hill. once atop the first hill.you have a long walk through slick red rocky desert before a few very tough very thick soft sand hills. without the sand hills, it wojld3be moderate, but imagine walking on the beach for a half mile....straight up hill. Once you reach the arch, the views are worth the long HARD hike.

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Josh Simmons
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Amazing hike! Beautiful Arch

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Emily Wilson
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Loved this hike. This was our first hike in the park and was a great intro. Had our 12yr old with us as well as my parents (both 60) and everyone loved it. This time of year is perfect with the sun and cool breeze. You’re able to get right up to the arch and explore around inside of it. Park info states this is a 3.4mi round trip hike - I didn’t keep track along the way to be able to say either way.

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Caitlin Giddens
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Definitely one of the less trafficked hikes. We were the only ones at the trailhead when we pulled up. The beginning is quite the scramble and was very icy. We had spikes and were still sliding around. After climbing up, the rest of the hike had no snow or ice. Overall, gorgeous views and we had the place all to ourselves!

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D Andrews
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Absolutely fantastic hike! Road was a little snowy and icy, but made it with my Subaru with ease. Toilet at trailhead and trail is well marked with cairns. Trail had some ice on it, but made it without traction devices. Lots of snow made the scenery mesmerizing! Arch was awesome and we had the whole place to ourselves the entire time and saw no one. See pics!

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Allison Brodine
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This moderately difficult hike is relatively short, but has high payoff. It starts with a hillside scramble up to the ridge, and then heads downhill through spaghetti western landscape. Then back up through some sand and around the bend to the final arch section. Amazing views. You feel like you are in your own world. Totally worth the drive to get away from the more populated areas. The road in was well maintained. I recommend doing this hike when there is no threat of rain as it might be difficult to navigate when wet.

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Alex Cabrero
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Amazing. So peaceful. And when you climb through Tower Arch and look out the way you came, it’s an absolute beautiful view more than worth the hike. Stoping for a few minutes to ponder the Marching Man is a good idea ;) Enjoy!

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Denham Miron
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One of my favorite trails of any National Park I have done so far! Beautiful changing views and a rewarding arch at the end of the trail. Some good spots to freehand climb near and around the arch. The trail is up and down almost the whole way. Nothing to harsh. Some sugar sand dunes right before the arch that were slightly challenging to climb. 10/10 would most certainly recommend!

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Paul Ritchie
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We were the first two people on this trail on a cool November morning. The first five minutes of this hike are the hardest, climbing up the bluff from the parking lot. Otherwise it is moderate up and down. We had the entire hike to ourselves, only meeting some other people on the way out to the parking lot. A truly magical experience to have the spectacular scenery to ourselves.

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Mandy H
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This is up there with Park Avenue for me as the best Arches hike. Worth the drive to get to it, and there are no people if you go early. Very cool arch at the end!

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Val Gillis
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A beautiful day!!!

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Kael Gaul
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had to help Carlos find reberto on the trail head map was very off but over all it was awesome

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Jason Roecker
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Great hike! Only saw 9 other people on the trail. Lovely views and not too difficult.

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Robert Dunn
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The initial ascent through the cliff face is particularly strenuous (at least for us), after that it’s a fairly easy hike with plenty of well-placed rock cairns. Tower Arch is quite impressive; while there, take a few minutes to scout around for the Ringhoffer inscription carved in the rock near the arch. The drive to the remote Klondike Bluffs area is an adventure in itself; trailhead features what is perhaps the nicest pit toilet in the entire park. Be sure to take (and drink) plenty of water and energy snacks (Clif Bars, trail mix, beef jerky), wear sunscreen and a wide-brimmed hat, and wear hiking boots for traction and ankle support. This hike is definitely worth the half-hour drive to the trailhead from the main park road.

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Hannah Pinter
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One of the best hikes in Arches National Park. The beginning is up some bluffs with rock scrambles and there are a couple of up and downs, but overall it’s not too difficult. Definitely would recommend if you want a trail that isn’t so busy.

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Kent Carney
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The Hike eas fun. Arch very impressive. Crowd- non existent. The 4wd roads- from Willow Springs to the road junction was fun. Experienced driver, 4wd, high clearance and good approach and departure angle highly desirable and lockers extremely handy(there are a couple of bare tall rocks after a gorgeous narrow- rock one side, trees the other- rubber tire marks indicate a change needed in driving skill level). Road to left to Tower Arch. Easy with a coupke of humps and easier sliprock. Road from "T" back to Salt Flats Road... DIFFICULT! Lots of steep sliprock with sand pockets. We stayed on trail and avoided by-passes(which did not look a lot easier, hmm) to avoid environmental negative impact. Experienced off road driver required, spotter handy in places. FWD lo highly desirable. Lift necessary, high approach and departure angle needed. Good center clearance and/or skid plates and rock bars needed. SLOW! Steep ascent and descent very tricky. Rubicn or modded stock vehicles handle it very well. The sand hazard was wet with 10" plus ruts in it. Was solid in the winter but in summer it would be very deep and very loose soft fine sand. Walking hiking is easier but Willow Springs from Arches to 191 has some cool dinosaur tracks. Be respectful, take out more than you bring in(if possible), do.not walk on undisturbed soils(including trash removal) and leave all natural obhects and soils intact!

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