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Arches National Park

Updated: Oct 30, 2023

Arches National Park is about 10 min outside of Moab, Utah and has over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, massive rock formations, and amazing scenery. There are a ton of hikes from easy to strenuous and many overlooks to go to!

This is the itinerary I made and we thought it was great with the timing and everything.

Delicate Arch Trailhead

  • 3-mile round trip moderately strenuous hike. This hike, plus time to view the arch, takes most people 2 to 3 hours. It is a mostly uphill walk to get to the arch. If you want you can walk down to the arch and get your picture under it but you may have to wait in line depending how many people are there.

  • Most people would say to go to Delicate Arch Trail to watch the amazing sunsets the park has to offer. Personally, we decided to hike it in the morning because we wanted to get the long hike out of the way first and also to beat the heat. Even though we went in the middle of October it still got into the 70s in the afternoon.

  • We got to the trailhead around 7:30 and got back around 9:10. It wasn't to hot and and allowed us to take our time on all the other hikes the park has to offer.

  • It took us an 1hr 40 min in total to hike it. We stayed about 20 mins at the arch and then headed on our way back down.

  • The trailhead gets really busy, we got there around 7:20 and the parking lot was already 3/4 full. When we got back from our hike, the parking lot was full and there was a line to get into it.

  • Its a beautiful hike and definitely a little challenging but just take your time and bring plenty of water especially if you decide to go in the afternoon

  • After delicate arch hike go to the Devils Garden Trailhead

Devils Garden Trail

There's many options to choose from on this hike so you can pick and choose what you want to do from shorter to longer hikes, out and backs or loops.

  • We hiked round trip to Landscape Arch (it’s only 1.6 miles round trip) that is a easy to moderate that takes about an 1 hour

    • We added on 0.8 miles to go see Pine tree and Tunnel Arch which was different and unique

    • We didn't have time for this but for an experience without doing the entire loop, hike out-and-back to Double O Arch, a 4.2 mile hike that takes about 2.5 hours.

    • Now you can start going back through the park! From the Devils Garden parking lot, it is a half-mile drive to the trailhead for Skyline Arch. It’s a five-minute walk to a viewpoint of this arch. You can see this arch from the road so if you don't want to stop you are still able to get a glimpse of this arch!

    • Then drive to Sand Dune Arch and Broken Arch trailhead

Sand Dune Arch

  • Sand Dune Arch is a beautiful arch that is tucked away between fins of sandstone rock. It takes 30 minutes or longer depending on how long you want to spend there.

  • Its really cool arch that's tucked away you wouldn't even know it would be there. Its all sand through the walk and cool places to explore back there

  • You can also hike to Broken Arch

  • If you visit both Sand Dune Arch and Broken Arch, it takes 1 to 1.5 hours, for a total distance of 1.8 miles

  • Panoramic View from the Garden of Eden- quick stop that has amazing rock formations

  • See Balanced Rock its a .3 mile hike but you can also see it from the road t

In order Double Arch, Turret Arch, one of the Windows

Visit the Windows, Turret Arches, Double Arch

  • From the Garden of Eden continue on the Windows Road until you get to the end and park in the lot for the Windows and Turret Arch. An easy, 0.7 mile walk connects three arches: North Window, South Window, and Turret Arch. It takes about 30-40 minutes to walk this trail, take photos, and do some exploring. I definitely recommend exploring under the Windows arch! Its a little steep so be careful and watch your step! Watch for lizzards on the trail to!

  • You can hike through turret arch to if you want! They are all really cool and massive!

  • Visit Double Arch it takes about 20-30 min

  • If it isn’t crowded, you can drive to the other side of the parking lot to get closer to the trailhead but we just walked from the parking lot for the Windows.

After visting all the amazing places and seeing the sights, head to the vistor center and get some souvieners and learn about how everything formed!

Sand Dune Arch

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