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A nice way to see some of the best formations at Arches. We went clockwise and caught the arches before returning via the Primitive Trail. Be sure to take the time to visit Navajo, Partition, and the others adjacent to the loop itself. The main trail was filling up even at ~8 AM when we started, but we were almost all alone on the Primitive Trail (mostly sand with some rock climbing, nothing too demanding but not recommended for folks with bad knees/ankles). There’s a lot of parking, bathrooms, and a water refill station at the trailhead, but plan to spend 30 minutes getting there from the visitors center – it’s at the very end of the main road.

Trail was alright, heavily trafficked so we decided to only go to the landscape arch.

It’s a short trail over sand. I got stuck behind a family. The Pine Tree Arch off the same trail is probably better.

This is super short and easy. It’s at the bottom of the Delicate Arch trail.

Lots of reward for one trail. Looking back I don’t know if I would have done the primitive portion unless you want the extra miles or just to say you did the whole loops. Still beautiful but nothin g you aren’t already exposed to on the earlier parts of the trail. Go early, got to the lot at 7:30 and while there was still parking had to sit around and wait for lots of inconsiderate groups standing around right in front of the arches. Took me 4 hours, being lots of water.

Extremely beautiful and remarkable. Many archea and other interesting rocks. The landforms here are very unordinary.

9 days ago

Awesome arch with few people!

Excellent hike! Trails were pretty well marked. We started at 8:00 and had good cloud cover for the first 3/4 of the trip. The last 1/4 was full sun and 87 degrees. Overall we had a great experience!

Hiked from 6am with my 8 year old to beat the heat. Still hot when we returned at 9:00, but only encountered one other person on the trail until return trip! Numerous shady spots to enjoy the view and solitude. The Fin walking was nice, never less than 5 feet wide, so not bad for kids if they are used to hiking. I would have liked the primative trail, but will save it for a cooler time.

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16 days ago

Very nice hike. Just be prepared with plenty of water as it gets hot out there.

You get to see a lot of great arches on this trail. Make sure to go the extra little trails to Navajo and Partion Arch - seems like some folks didn’t even notice the signs were there. The second half of the hike (the primitive portion) is definitely less crowded, but doesn’t have as many sites along the way. Only do it if you really want a longer hike, because it can get ridiculously hot towards the end.

Terrific trail, a great way to spend a day in Arches. The arches themselves are obviously incredible, but honestly the trek through the fins is just as awesome. Some of the coolest, most unique geology I've had the privilege to see. We took the main trail in and primitive portion out - primitive trail definitely has the better hike through the fins, just not as many arches. Took us a while to do the loop, and it gets very hot out there in the afternoon, so take lots of water and snacks. Ran across someone having a really bad reaction to the heat on our way out and had to do some basic first aid until the rangers arrived - heat and dehydration are no joke, so go prepared!

A beautiful hike but it got extremely hot towards the end around 1pm. It was 101 when I got back to the pickup. The long primitive portion as they call it, takes you through beautiful canyons and along the top of sandstone ridges. The longer trail gets you away from the major crowds and offers great views back on the several arches along this trail.

My favorite hike of all time! This trail is mentally and physically challenging in that you have to really think about where to place your feet in certain parts. Once the trail became more primitive it was harder to follow the trail. Look for cairns to help stay on the trail!

This hike was truly “as good as it gets”! As other reviewers said, the earlier the better. We got to the park before 7 but the trailhead was about a half hour drive in so we started about 7:30. Ideally, I’d recommend starting even earlier to beat the heat and avoid the crowds. Partition Arch was our favorite and we had it all to ourselves for like 20 minutes. We walked out via the primitive loop, cool views but not as much fun/excitement as the other half. Overall, we spent about 4 hours but by the end everyone was too hot/tired to hike to Pine Tree or Tunnel Arch.

Walked out to see the Indian art panel. Very nice one actually. Very defined. It's worth the walk out here and isn't far from the parking lot. The Wolfe ranch has an interesting history to it too.

Great hike and a chance to see a whole bunch of arches and pretty amazing views. I would do this one for sure if you have the time. I would go early in the morning to avoid heat and traffic on trails. We started around 6:30 and got a great parking spot and time on trails before overly crowded.

hiking
1 month ago

really easy hike, more like a walk, but a pretty arch still.

hiking
1 month ago

A great little hike, the arch is one of my favorites of the park. Well worth the hike, but go early in summer to avoid the heat, bring water.

This was a great moderate hike, even for the novice hiker. Be sure to start very early, especially when temps will reach 100 in the day. Some rock scrambling, we had someone afraid of heights with us and they did fine. Bring lots of water as well. I’d definitely recommend this hike!

Great hike with beautiful views from all through out the trail. We took main trail to Dark Angel then primitive trail back. It is much harder than main trail but worth it. Really glad we did. It’s got rock sections, sand sections and valley floor sections. We started at 6:30am! A must do in July.

our favorite, most often revisited trail!! crowd seriously thins out after landscape; as you must rock scramble up a fin to keep going. navajo arch is a nice, shady location to stop for a snack. after double o - the trip to the dark angel was neat, but it’s just a big rock. there are some secrets hidden at the dark angel that make it amazing - but you’ll have to figure that out on your own. the primitive trail has FOUR more arches - but it also has sand, semi-steep hills, virtually no shade and DEADLY HEAT. Someone LITERALLY died on this trail this week (7/6/18) BRING TONS OF WATER. go EARLY - don’t be afraid to call it quits.

Nice hike but gotta wall through broken arch to see signs to continue on to tapestry arch...

hiking
1 month ago

Time to put signs in Chinese for water requirement. We met at least 6 people without water on our way back (we started at 7 am) and they were hiding in the shade as little as one mile in
Otherwise, probably one of the most beautiful landscapes views in any national park, stunning.

Great hike but I'd recommend doing this when it's not hot. If you go in the summer months, do it EARLY.

Broken Arch is fantastic and one of my favorites in the park!

This is a good intro to Devil's Garden trail. All of Arches is great, do as little or as much as you can.

A beautiful hike with a bit of rock climbing included. There is a million dollar view on top. Leave early in the morning to bet the crowds and heat of the day.

hiking
1 month ago

This was an easy hike, but the trail just brings you closer to the arch. There isn't much to see, and you get a great view from the road.

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