0.7 miles, 1 hour or less
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 so you cannot walk underneath them. Finally, finish with a guide stop at Turret Arch and a look through the arch to the formations behind it.
To get there, drive 9 miles into the park from the main entrance until you reach Balance Rock, then turn right at Balanced Rock and drive another 3 miles. Follow signs to the Windows and park in the parking lot near the trailhead.
Because this hike has such great scenery it is often overcrowded, so it is best to attempt early in the day or later in the afternoon. These are also better times to walk around the WIndows because it is cooler, and if you hike around the golden hours (around dawn and dusk) the rocks will turn shades of orange and red you never thought possible.