Arches National Park

Utah, United States
 (17 votes, 17 reviews)
Arches National Park in eastern Utah, is a highlight of any trip to the Southwest.  The bright red rock against the deep blue sky will help even the most amateur photographer take stunning photographs.  Located near Moab, Utah, it is also a haven for adventure travel and adrenaline junkies.  Compared to other National Parks in the region, the highlights can be seen within a day or two.  If you are short on time, you can drive past many scenic points to snap a quick picture.  With more time, make sure to hike to Delevate Arch (the iconic arch on the Utah license plates), and if you are feeling adventurous (and energetic), try a hike through Devil's Garden (8 miles for the long version of the loop, but many highlights can be seen only a mile from the trailhead).  Along this hike you will see such wonders as Tunnel Arch, Pine Tree Arch, Landscape Arch, Partition Arch, Navajo Arch, Wall Arch (which recently fell), Double O Arch, and Dark Angel.
Hiking Trails
Easy
Balanced Rock - 0.3 mile loop around the base of Balanced rock, one of the more-photographed formations in the park

Broken Arch - 1.2 mile trail from San Dune Arch parking area, a loop trail also leads through canyons and sand dunes.

Delicate Arch Viewpoint - 1 mile climb up a trail to a viewpoint of delicate arch.

Double Arch - 0.5 mile round trip to the base of two arches connected at one end.

Landscape Arch - 2 mile round trip to the longest spanning arch in the park with several other nearby arches.

Sand Dune Arch - 0.4 mile roundtrip trail to this secluded arch.

Skyline Arch - 0.4 mile flat hike to skyline arch.

The Windows - 1 mile round trip trail passing by three large arches.

Moderate
Park Avenue - 2 mile out and back through this spectacular canyon near the beginning of the park where you will see massive formations.

Tower Arch - 3.4 mile round trip trail up a rock wall, across a valley, and through rock fins and sand dunes ending at Tower Arch.

Longer Trails
Delicate Arch - 3 miles round trip hike to Delicate Arch, the iconic arch of the park as seen on the Utah license plates.

Devils Garden Primitive Loop - 7.2 mile round trip past some of the best arches and other formations in the park. This trail offers all of the highlights in the park.

Double O Arch - 4 mile round trip trail past several arches to Double O Arch, where two arches stand: one on top of the other.

Fiery Furnace - a maze of canyons and fins with no specified trail. You must obtain a permit from the visitor center to explore this area.

Trails

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Windows Loop Trail
An easy hike to see three massive arches up close in Arches National Park
Easy
0.7 mi/
1.1 km
Devils Garden and the Primitive Trail
Take a tour of the best formations of Arches National Park
Easy
7.2 mi/
11.6 km
Delicate Arch
A short hike in Arches National Park to Utah's most recognizable arch
Moderate
3.2 mi/
5.2 km
Arches National Park Driving Tour
Drive through Arches National Park and see the highlights along the way, with a few stops for optional hikes to see more
n/a
14.5 mi/
23 km
Guides
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
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
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
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
Arches National Park
Arches National Park
Moab, Utah, United States
Everything you need for Arches National Park: several top hikes and a complete driving tour along its highlights
Community Trips
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Arches National Park - Fiery Furnance
by gregh on Oct 15, 2007
Moab, Utah, United States
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...
Arches National Park Photo
Devils Garden Photo
Tunnel Arch Photo
Tunnel Arch Photo
Devils Garden Hike - Arches National Park
by chris on Jun 27, 2009
Sagers, Utah, United States
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...
Delicate Arch Photo Photo
Delicate Arch Hike
by ahobart on Jan 13, 2007
Castle Valley, Utah, United States
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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Devil's Garden
by thecareys on Mar 18, 2007
Elba, Utah, United States
6.5 miles
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Park Avenue (Moab, Utah, United States) Photo
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Arches National Park (Moab, Utah, United States) Photo
Drive through Arches National Park
by chris on Jun 26, 2009
Moab, Utah, United States
21 miles
It was pouring rain when we got to Arches National Park (even though the average rainfall for June is supposed to be under 1/2 inch).  We decided to drive to many of the lookouts so that we could spend more time the next morning hiking.  Luckily for us, it didn't rain too much more after we got out of the car.
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Delicate Arch (rear view) Photo
Arches National Park, Delicate Arch Trail
by gluecklichinkassel on Apr 21, 2009
Moab, Utah, United States
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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Fiery Furnace Trail, Arches National Park
by ant on Oct 08, 2012
Castle Valley, Utah, United States
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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Sovereign Trail (Lower Section)
by hlrosen8390 on Sep 18, 2009
Moab, Utah, United States
10.0 miles
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Arches National Park - Devils Garden
by gregh on Oct 14, 2007
Moab, Utah, United States
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...
Eye of the Whale Arch Photo
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Eye of the Whale Arch Photo
Eye of the Whale, Tower Arch
by lamprecht on Oct 21, 2010
Moab, Utah, United States
30 miles
Nice loop road going by Eye of the Whale Arch for lunch, then onto Tower Arch

Reviews
pgkklk
Great hike. Delicate Arch is timeless. This hike is an epiphany of nature.
Visited on Jul 28, 2013

by pgkklk on Jan 12, 2014
CAPTWAG
wear your walking shoes and don't forget your camera and best friend...wife in my case.
Visited on May 22, 2013

by CAPTWAG on May 24, 2013
geohunters
Practically deserted! WE actually were 2 of about 6 people who hiked out to Delicate Arch! Excellent
Visited on Nov 22, 2012

by geohunters 7 days ago
alexbates
hike early in the morning in the summer. I highly recommend a trip to the La Sal mountains to get away from the heat. We spent two days in Moab and one in the La Sal mountains. It was very refreshing to be in the cool air after the heat.
Visited on Jul 29, 2012

by alexbates on Aug 01, 2012
paulbalegend
This place is spectacular. Very close to town and highly accessible, tho only a few longer hikes in the park.
Visited on Mar 14, 2012

by paulbalegend on Apr 06, 2012
inizchetan
awesome place wonderful views!
Visited on Jul 03, 2011

by inizchetan on Mar 21, 2014
jensi22
Liked Arches. The rock formations were so neat to see. Not as much "real" hiking as in Canyonlands or other places though. More of a drive to the next rock formation, get out, walk, see and visit, then get back in the car. I prefer Zions hiking over Moab but I still love visiting Moab.
Visited on Jun 05, 2011

by jensi22 on Sep 18, 2013
yomondo
This is a beautiful National Park. If you visit Moab, set aside a day to tour this park, and if you're fit enough for a short moderate hike, visit the iconic Delicate Arch.
Visited on Apr 22, 2011

by yomondo on Jan 14, 2013
kshawcroft
Camped for three nights. Temperature was perfect - low 80's. Some thunder showers were exciting.
Visited on Sep 08, 2010

by kshawcroft on Jan 12, 2011
SnowHiker
Our favorite hike is the Corona Arch trail. We also enjoyed off-roading up to Hurrah Pass.
Visited on Jun 17, 2010

by SnowHiker on Jan 19, 2012
Zion-National-Park
Be prepared for a bit of a drive, but take the mental images you have of Arches and multiply them by a thousand and you might come close to describing it.
Visited on Jun 15, 2010

by Zion-National-Park on Feb 11, 2011
Athena
A great park to visit. I just wish there was more long-hiking available.
Visited on May 03, 2009

by Athena on Jul 04, 2011
gluecklichinkassel
Great place and wonderful views!
Visited on Apr 21, 2009

by gluecklichinkassel on Jan 23, 2011
tuxxj
Visited with my son and drove on some of the side roads exploring new places for a later visit.
Visited on Oct 10, 2008

by tuxxj on Aug 01, 2012
chris
I had been wanting to go to Arches for a long time. I was only able visit this great park for about 24 hours during a road trip through the southwest but I made the most of it. I hiked to delicate arch (amazing!) and through devils garden to see all of the other popular arches. If you go to this park, get out of the car and go on a hike to get close to the arches. The bright red rock against the deep blue sky is any photographer's dream and just when you thought you couldn't see another impressive arch you turn the corner and see 5 more.

Moab is a really cool town to check out if you have the time, especially if you like adventure tourism.

Visited on Jun 29, 2008

by chris on Nov 18, 2010
inqueba
Great place, I can recommend it to all of you

by inqueba on Jul 17, 2014
hairtransplant
don't forget your camera great place to take some shots

by hairtransplant on Jul 17, 2014

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