Looking for a great trail near Thompson, Utah? AllTrails has 30 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, trail running trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Arches National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Roadside Park or Hollow Metropolitan Park. Ready for some activity? There are 14 moderate trails in Thompson ranging from 3 to 30.3 miles and from 4,501 to 5,948 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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the trail itself was amazing, but my wife and I visited the park and moab in peak season. we got started on the trail by 700 am (which I guess was not early enough) and were quickly surrounded by people going off trail and climbing rocks. we picked up a bunch of trash on our loop as well. we typically enjoy hikes with minimal signs of other people but at times this felt like Disney world. It was our fault for going when we did but again the trail itself was stunning and would love to go back to experience it with less traffic.

Very cool trail. Would do it again— don’t say that about many hikes. A great way to see the park.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
13 days ago

The trail is challenging, but very fun and hikers are rewarded with great views around every corner! Although most people say to do this hike early, we started at 10am (finished at around 2) and there wasn’t very much traffic at all! The crowds at the parking lot don’t really tell you much about how crowded the trail is going to be. Plus, at times it was quite nice not to be completely alone since it’s quite easy to get lost as the trail isn’t always easy to follow.

Great hike. Do the primitive if you like a little challenge.

Avoid the crowds and the heat by getting to the trailhead early (like 6:30am). We did the primitive trail, and it was a lot of fun (some good scrambles, lots of views). I recommend going counterclockwise around the trail, as you’ll be going against traffic for most of the hike.

hiking
18 days ago

Great views all the way

We did this hike on Monday, June 24th and the trail itself was great. Like several past reviewers, we did the primitive trail first. I would rate this as a moderate vs. hard hike physically. There were some sandy trails and rock scrambling but overall it was quite beautiful and enjoyable. One important note: some dummy kicked over all the carins on the primitive trail. I’m so glad we have this app as we ended up off trail several times and the gps map got us back on course. We also met several groups of people who had no idea where to go and we pointed them in the right direction. On the way out, I stopped and talked to the rangers about this, so hopefully they have remedied the situation. We restocked what we could while out there. Beside that, this trail lovely, and walking on the spine was my favorite part. (That and private arch). You’re in the hot sun a lot so a hat, sunscreen and lots of water is a must. I drank about 3 liters of water while on the hike.

just completed the primative trail loop first then back to dark angel and to all the arches. Not bad glad we did the Prim trail first at 8am the sun was pretty warm towards the end. saw less people early in the morning. great hike, more moderate than difficult in reverse except one section of the Prim Trail.

hiking
21 days ago

After passing by the amazing Landscape arch, most of the foot traffic died down. The most breath taking 360 view can be had from the Rock Spine section of the trail. Weather was a perfect sunny and 80 degrees!

Great trail, not terribly challenging. Got there around 7:15 am, and it was very quiet. The side trails to Partition (great views!!!) & Navajo Arches are worth it - I didn't see anyone there. Double O is lovely. Just a warning, there were a few spots near Double O where it got difficult to follow the cairns. The trail didn't get crowded until I approached Landscape Arch on the way back and then there were a ton of people.

We completed this hike on 6/19/19 and arrived at the lot around 7:30, and it was already beginning to fill up. Like many others have mentioned- lot was completely full by 11. We did the trail counter-clockwise to avoid the heat- we had seen lots of reviews on here about the primitive trail being difficult, but hadn’t seen anyone who had done the primitive part first. I would HIGHLY recommend doing the hike this way!! The primitive trail, especially at what is normally the end for most people; beginning for us, we very easy to follow and mostly through the desert sands. It was a steady decline and doesn’t really pick up until about a quarter mile from where you meet back up with the normal trail. At that point it’s the same bouldering/rock climbing you would’ve done. Keep an eye out for small piled rock structures they’re a good way to know you’re on the right path (also to have this app up and recording has helped me many times!) Once you meet back up with the normal trail, it’s was wonderful! We weren’t very fatigued and able to enjoy the rock climbing, where as we might have struggled having done that last. Especially since the heat really began to pick up around 8:45am. It was easy on the way down as well, and I can only imagine that it would be much more difficult having done it the normal way. Having done it backwards I think it made the hike more ‘Moderate’ than ‘Difficult’ in rating.

Easy hike with kids, the trail is all gravel lined. A must see while your here. Once you go past Landscape Arch, the fun really begins!

Awesome hike away from the crowd at Landscape Arch. Great views, I would suggest you go through the lower arch and go to the other side for a great picture. One of favorite Arches!

hiking
scramble
28 days ago

This was by far my favourite hike in Arches National Park. From Landscape arch, hike up through sandstone fins to reach the Double O arch. Then, hike through the lower, smaller O, up part of the arch and to the right to a relatively flat platform to get an amazing view of the surrounding landscape framed by the bigger O. What a breathtaking view!

See double O arch review. We did the double O on the way to the arch, and on the way back we did the primitive trail. Around 11-12 it started getting hot, and with the sun directly overhead, we were hot. BRING WATER! Also, the primitive trail had lots of sand, which made walking more difficult. I had a large handful of sand in my boots after. The trail was also not marked well. Good thing there was two of us and there were other people to steer us in the right direction. The private arch was beautiful, so make sure you take the side trail if you do plan on taking the primitive side.

hiking
no shade
scramble
28 days ago

This trail was beautiful! Started going past the landscape arch. Did all of the side trails to partition arch and the Navajo arch ( partition was better). It was so cool walking over the fins! Did this in the morning, so we had some ample shade. But if you go during mid day, not a lot of shade. Still, bring plenty of water. Also, we went back the primitive trail, but when we caught up with the main trail again, it was pretty busy ( around noon). So plan accordingly.

hiking
no shade
scramble
28 days ago

This trail was beautiful! Started going past the landscape arch. Did all of the side trails to partition arch and the Navajo arch ( partition was better). It was so cool walking over the fins! Did this in the morning, so we had some ample shade. But if you go during mid day, not a lot of shade. Still, bring plenty of water. Also, we went back the primitive trail, but when we caught up with the main trail again, it was pretty busy ( around noon). So plan accordingly.

hiking
no shade
scramble
28 days ago

This trail was beautiful! Started going past the landscape arch. Did all of the side trails to partition arch and the Navajo arch ( partition was better). It was so cool walking over the fins! Did this in the morning, so we had some ample shade. But if you go during mid day, not a lot of shade. Still, bring plenty of water. Also, we went back the primitive trail, but when we caught up with the main trail again, it was pretty busy ( around noon). So plan accordingly.

Definitely head out early for this one! We started around 6:30 and had it mostly to ourselves for the first couple of hours. I would categorize myself as VERY afraid of heights, and there was only one part where I was completely terrified, as you basically have to scramble across a wall that has no real ledge. I crab-crawled it- the sketchy part was only a few steps, but really scary. The fins were okay, they were wide enough that I didn’t feel too afraid. It gets SUPER hot later in the day, leave early and bring lots of water! We did get lost a few times, the cairns were not frequent enough, in my view! Overall, it was super worth it, even with the scary part!

Started this trail at 6:30am and finished at 11:30pm. You need to go early to avoid the heat and bring at least a liter and a half of water with you. I saw some people starting the loop as we were finishing with no water and I would be amazed if they made it without turning around. At certain points the cairns were hard to follow o the primitive trail, saw some people going the wrong way but luckily hikers doing the loop counter to us showed us the trail. Great hike, small section on the primitive trail that requires sure footwork, beware of afraid of heights.

Got up early on a Monday morning for this one. Arrived at 6:15 AM and was one of the first few cars in the lot. Took about 4 hours to complete but wasn't pushing the pace at all. Did the entire loop clockwise and all of the "extra" short spurs. For an intermediate/experienced hiker, this trail won't pose any challenge. A few technical spots on longer fins, but overall, nothing too daunting. Pay attention on the primitive trail, as the trail is sometimes trickier to spot. By 10:30 AM as I was loading into my car to leave, the parking lot was completely full.

So many arches! This trail will take you to some of the best arches in the park. It’s recommended you do the loop clockwise, starting with some of the best arches (landscape and double O) and finishing on the primitive trail. The first part of the trail (until near double O) is fairly easy to follow and hike. After double O, the trail is poorly marked and difficult to follow. Luckily there are plenty of kairns to help guide you but we made a couple of wrong turns. I recommend bringing a map with you, especially one of your phone so you can tell where you are. This hike has some small sections of elevation but nothing too strenuous. We took out time at each arch and the entire trail took us around 5 hours. This is the best hike in Arches that we did! It’s also one of the few spots you can hike more than 3/4 miles

We did almost the whole trail. We did not take the loop back because we liked the main trail so much. We went all the way to Dark Angel first then turned back and saw Black Arch and Navajo Arch on our way back. We got to the trailhead around 8, and we got the last pull-in parking spot and when we were done at noon, the parking lot was filled to the gills, even all the parallel spots. Definitely get there early! Getting to Double O and Dark Angel were worth it to get away from the crowds. You will have to do some minor scrambling and get close to edges.

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