Hiking in Arches National Park

No trip to Utah would be complete without at least a full day at Arches National Park. Arches offers some amazing rock formations with several great hikes bringing you extremely close to some of the more famous arches. Hike to Delicate Arch, which you may recognize from the Utah license plate, or walk among many different arches in Devils Garden. There are several short hikes as well such as by the Windows where you can actually climb on some of the areas. Below is a list of the best hikes that the park has to offer, complete with GPS tracks, points of interest, and pictures to help guide you.
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Delicate Arch
Delicate Arch
Moab, Utah, United States
 
Moderate: 3.2 miles, 1-3 hours
A short hike in Arches National Park to Utah's most recognizable arch

Your trip to Arches National Park is not complete without first taking a trip to visit Delicate Arch. You will likely recognize Delicate Arch from the Utah license plate. The hike to Delicate Arch is just over 1.5 miles each way, totaling 3.2 miles all together. It is best hiked in spring and fall when the temperatures are cooler, or during the golden...
Devils Garden and the Primitive Trail
Devils Garden and the Primitive Trail
Moab, Utah, United States
 
Easy: 7.2 miles, 1-3 hours
Take a tour of the best formations of Arches National Park

Devils Garden is the second most-visited section of Arches National Park, after Delicate Arch, and home to the longest trail in the park: a 7.2-mile loop touring 7 different arches, all spectacular. Many visitors hike the shortened version of the loop: 1 mile along a paved path to Landscape Arch, with 2 short optional detours to Tunnel Arch and Pine...
Windows Loop Trail
Windows Loop Trail
Moab, Utah, United States
 
Easy: 0.7 miles, 1 hour or less
An easy hike to see three massive arches up close in Arches National Park

This short hike is a great way to first see the park on foot. The entire trail is gravel and there is only a very slight gain of elevation. First head to North WIndow where you can walk under the arch and stare up and the massive rock above. Then loop around to the South Windows where you will see a couple more arches. These windows are higher up...
Bull Canyon 4x4 Road, Moab, UT
Bull Canyon 4x4 Road, Moab, UT
Moab, Utah, United States
 
Moderate: 17.7 miles, 1-3 hours
This trail provides access to bottom of Gemini Bridges

Fun drive through narrow canyons and sandy swales that takes you to hiking trail to bottom of impressive Gemini Bridges. Continue west beyond hiking trail parking lot through another impressive canyon. After finishing Bull Canyon, continue south to Day Canyon overlook. Fun area for ATVs. Open all year weather permitting. Best time to go: Spring and...
Arches National Park Driving Tour
Arches National Park Driving Tour
Moab, Utah, United States
 
Drive through Arches National Park and see the highlights along the way, with a few stops for optional hikes to see more

This driving tour will take you to every major sight in Arches National Park and then some. Start at the Visitor Center to learn some background about the park and the area's history before driving along the main road through the park. Stop at Park Avenue to walk through a canyon with wild rock formations on either side, stop at several turnoffs...
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Arches National Park - Fiery Furnance
by gregh on Oct 15, 2007
Moab, Utah, United States
Hiking | 1.8 miles
Fiery Furnace is a very cool place in Arches National Park. The formations you are hiking through are called fins. There are no maps available for this section, nor are there trails. In order to go into Fiery Furnace you either go along with a ranger guided tour, or go buy a permit for the area. The only restriction is you have to watch your step. There...
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Fiery Furnace Trail, Arches National Park
by ant on Oct 08, 2012
Castle Valley, Utah, United States
Hiking | 3.3 miles
Fiery Furnace Trail is one of best trails in Arches National Park. But up front reservation is required for the hike.
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Devils Garden Hike - Arches National Park
by chris on Jun 27, 2009
Sagers, Utah, United States
Hiking | 8.8 miles
We woke up Friday morning and drove through the park on a bright and sunny day--much better than the day before.  We started off at the Devils Garden Trailhead and stopped at all of the arches along the way: Tunnel Arch, Pine Tree Arch, Landscape Arch, Partition Arch, Navajo Arch, Wall Arch (which recently fell), Double O Arch, which we climbed up on, and Dark Angel.  We decided to take the long...
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Arches National Park, Delicate Arch Trail
by gluecklichinkassel on Apr 21, 2009
Moab, Utah, United States
Hiking | 3.1 miles
Delicate Arch Starting Point: Wolfe Ranch parking area Length: 3 miles (4.8 km) round trip Time: 1.5 hours (max. for the whole trip) Elevation change: 480 feet (146 meters) Take at least 1 quart (1 liter) of water per person! There is no shade. Open slickrock with some exposure to heights. The first half-mile is a wide, well-defined trail. Upon reaching the slickrock, follow the rock cairns. The trail climbs gradually and levels out toward the top of this rock face....
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Devil's Garden
by thecareys on Mar 18, 2007
Elba, Utah, United States
Hiking | 6.5 miles
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Delicate Arch Hike
by ahobart on Jan 13, 2007
Castle Valley, Utah, United States
Hiking | 1.6 miles
Jake and I hiked up to Delicate Arch. I was brilliant and forgot to turn on the GPS on the way up. Luckily I remembered when I got to the top. Unluckily I hurt my knee on the way back down. Shucks.
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Arches National Park - Devils Garden
by gregh on Oct 14, 2007
Moab, Utah, United States
Hiking | 8.4 miles
This was our first day hike for our trip. On the devils garden trail you will see several arches. These included Tunnel Arch, Pine Tree Arch, Landscape Arch, Partition Arch, Navajo Arch, and Double O Arch. There is a primitive trail you can take back, and on that trail is the Private Arch. There is also a segment to hike out to Dark Angel. When we went there were some crowds, but as...
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Devils Garden Trail, Arches, Utah
by transmorphist on Aug 02, 2007
Sagers, Utah, United States
Hiking | 3.2 miles
This was an easy hike in Arches National Park, Utah. It was VERY crowded.
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Devils Garden to Double O Arch
by burnsdye on Apr 13, 2012
Elba, Utah, United States
Hiking | 2.3 miles
UnfinishedArches is a landscape of change. The vertical slabs of rock all around you are called fins, and they were once a solid layer of sandstone. Over time:Stresses within the rock made the later crack.Water entered the cracks and made them bigger.Water continued to erode the rocks.Fins and arches remain.Trail InformationTrails are marked with small piles of rocks called cairns. To avoid becoming lost, sight the next cairn before continuing.The first 0.8...
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Delicate Arch Hike
by gbonnema on Dec 29, 2007
Moab, Utah, United States
Hiking | 3.1 miles
On my way back from Colorado, I did this short hike to the Delicate Arch in Arches National Park, near Moab, Utah. Since dogs were not allowed on trails in the park, I left my weimeraner Jade in the car. I flew up to the top to snap a few pictures and returned to the parking lot just before sunset.
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Delicate Arch (Arches National Park)
by blr on Jun 26, 2008
Castle Valley, Utah, United States
Hiking | 3.4 miles
One of the great wonders that everyone should see.
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Arches National Park, Devils Garden Trailhead
by gluecklichinkassel on Apr 20, 2009
Moab, Utah, United States
Hiking | 5.7 miles
Landscape Arch - Wall Arch - Double O Arch - Private Arch (via primitive trail)
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Delicate Arch Trail - Arches National Park
by chris on Jun 27, 2009
Castle Valley, Utah, United States
Hiking | 3.2 miles
The sun broke out of the clouds so that we could get this hike in before it got dark.  The hike wasn't too far, but we were racing daylight, so we had to hurry a bit.  Delicate arch was definitely worth the hike at the end of the day.  In the sunset, the lighting was great and brought out some beautiful colors in the arch.
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Delicate Arch, Arches National Park
by ant on Oct 06, 2012
Castle Valley, Utah, United States
Hiking | 3.1 miles
Delicate Arch is one of the most photographed in Arches National Park. A hike during the late afternoon and enjoy the sunset at the arch is one of the best treats in the park.
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Delicate Arch - April 2012
by burnsdye on Apr 13, 2012
Utah, United States
Hiking | 1.7 miles
We hiked to the Delicate Arch on April 13, 2012. On the hike were Zac, Bryce, Jeremy, Tara, and Savannah. The parking lot was completely full, so we had to park on the shoulder of the road in the no parking zone.Remnants of the PastA short walk up the trail brings you to the Wolfe cabin. John Wesley Wolfe and his son Fred settled on the banks of Salt Wash around 1898....