Windows Loop and Turret Arch Trail

EASY 175 reviews
#5 of 42 trails in

Windows Loop and Turret Arch Trail is a 1.2 mile moderately trafficked loop 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, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
1.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
190 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

A short hike to a lovely arch with great views. Turret Arch is a beautiful free standing arch in the Windows area of Arches NP. The views over the area are exceptional. Follow the trail to the Windows, bearing right at the first intersection, and near the top of the ridge, leave the trail and go cross country to the Arch. There is good climbing for the kids and by going through the Arch a great view through Turret to the North Window and beyond. Also good views of the Cove of Caves and the Parade of Elephants.

hiking
1 day ago

My husband and I took the route counterclockwise and decided to use the primitive trail to return. I would not necessarily recommend that way in the winter as it involves walking quite a bit in the shade behind the rock walls and some scrambling on ice near the end. That said, we got some wonderful pictures and it was much quieter on that stretch of the trail. It only adds another 1/4 mile to the route.

hiking
5 days ago

great short loop for pictures. 3 arches on it. easy.

1 month ago

This was an easy hike to the arches. They are simply stunning. We took the primitive trail and it was less crowded and serene.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Very short and easy, but the arches are impressive. There were lots of people on the main trail and climbing around the arches, but when I went off on the easy to follow "Primitive Trail", I had a nice stroll on my own.

hiking
2 months ago

Great mid morning short hike. Impressive

hiking
3 months ago

Really fun little trail!

4 months ago

Amazing otherworldly scenery!

4 months ago

So cool

5 months ago

Not much of a trail, very easy. But still a decent view at the end. Great if you're not a hiker.

hiking
6 months ago

Very Hot at the time of our hike, but well worth it.
Able to climb all over the rocks. Great photo ops.

7 months ago

Very nice trail

7 months ago

Easy walk. Definitely do the primitive trail around the back of windows so that you can get a good view of both windows, especially in the morning light.

hiking
8 months ago

Was dying to see these arches and was not disappointed. We went early in the morning before the tour buses got there and it was peaceful.

8 months ago

Be prepared for lots and lots of people. With that though, if patient you can get pictures with the arches without anyone in them. Easy trail.

8 months ago

Sunrise is a must see

hiking
8 months ago

There are more famous arches, but this collection of three is both beautiful and easily seen/walked by anyone.

9 months ago

Awesome

hiking
10 months ago

Great hike for kiddos. Beautiful in the spring.

10 months ago

This was an easy hike and pretty rewarding. My kids, 4 and 6, had no problems on this hike and it wasn't scary with them like some of the others.

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