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Hikes in Arches National Park

Whether you're an expert hiker or like to take your young family hiking with you, Arches National Park has trails that suit people of all ages. Most short and easy hikes are available from a guided van tour, just a short distance from the parking lots of the most popular stops. Moderate hiking begins after the wide, groomed trails. These hikes require visitors to scale the brilliant slickrock surfaces. More intense trails range for several miles and require a lot of physicalities to master. Here are just some of the favorite hikes for travelers to Arches National Park that has many coming back for another popular hike

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Our favorite hikes in Arches National Park

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Park Avenue

The Park Avenue Trail is one of the first designated points of interest upon entering the Park. This one-mile trail follows through the bottom of a canyon, along the base of some of the park’s most well-known and massive monoliths, including Courthouse Towers, The Organ, and the Tower of Babel. If you have a shuttle driver, you can be picked up at the end of the walk and not have to retrace your steps.

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Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch is an iconic symbol of Utah, as featured on the state's license plates. This 3-mile round trip hike makes a steady climb in elevation, and the last part of the hike follows along a narrow ledge that descends into a huge natural slickrock bowl. While the Delicate Arch hike isn't strenuous, it doesn't offer much in the way of shade. Make sure to wear sun protection and bring plenty of water.

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Double Arch

The Double Arch is of the more popular features of Arches, made popular in the opening scene of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade". The hike is an easy gravel trail leading to one fin which houses two arches.

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Fiery Furnace

The Fiery Furnace is a hotbed of sandstone fins. The deeper you go into this maze of brilliant slick rock, the more hidden gems of arches and spires you'll find. However, you'll need a permit to explore Fiery Furnace. Ranger-led tours are available daily through Arches National Park.

Sand Dune Arch

The Sand Dune Arch is great for new hikers, and even dogs, as this easy trail takes you through a mini slot canyon. You'll also enjoy the small dune of Arches National Park with the softest, finest sand you'll ever touch.

Primitive Loop

The name says it all. Primitive Loop is for experienced hikers. This 8-mile trek passes by seven arches, combing through amazing canyons while bringing breathtaking views in the backcountry of Arches National Park.

Best hikes in Arches for Families

Park Avenue

Park Avenue is a fun canyon hike for families that meanders along the base of brilliant sandstone carving. This access is something that hikers of any age won't soon forget.

Window Loop: Double Arch

If your kids are active, they'll love scrambling on rocks. That's what makes Double Arch a family destination, providing plenty of rock scrambling under massive twin arches.

Sand Dune Arch

The Sand Dune Arch Trail is a favorite for kids and adults. The hike is simple and short but comes with plenty of opportunities to explore. A small slot canyon sets the tone for this fun venture through Arches National Park.

Pine Tree Arch and Tunnel Arch

Considered one of the best hiking trails in Arches National Park, it's the perfect introductory hike on this canyon trail that follows along the bases of massive monoliths. It's rugged and fun for kids, but not strenuous compared to other treks.

Overview of all hikes in Arches

Park Avenue (1 mile) - Easy

Canyon trail follows along the bases of massive monoliths on a primitive trail. This is the perfect introductory hike to Arches: it has breathtaking views, amazing picture opportunities, and is rugged and fun for the kids, but not strenuous for the older kids in the family.

Balanced Rock (0.3 miles) - Easy

Short loop trail follows around the base of the extraordinarily curious rock formation. Looking from a distance, the 55’ top boulder seems to be balancing from a very precarious base, hence it’s name.

The Windows (1 mile) - Easy

Gravel trail looping through Turret Arch, South Window, and North Window. We recommend hiking towards Turret Arch and admire the views when you get to the top. After a few minutes, continue around the bend and encounter some of the most impressive arches in the park: the North and the South Windows.

Double Arch (0.5 miles) - Easy

Gravel trail leading to two massive arches that share the same sandstone fin. This is a great place to play during the day and stargaze at nights. Lean back and take pictures of the stars through the massive arches.

Delicate Arch (3 miles) - Difficult

This trail steadily increases in elevation along a narrow slickrock ledge but culminates in a spectacular arch. This challenging hike will reward your efforts. After all, the Delicate Arch is a state symbol, featured on Utah's license plate and commemorated on its state quarters.

Delicate Arch Lower Viewpoint (100 yards) - Easy

If you don't want to take the 3-mile hike to see Delicate Arch, you can opt for an easy, short walk along a graded path trail for a distant view of this amazing arch.

Delicate Arch Upper Viewpoint (0.5 miles) - Moderately easy

From the lower Delicate Arch viewpoint, you can take this trail for a closer view of Delicate Arch. You'll still be distant, but this short detour does have a great reward.

Fiery Furnace (no trail)

An experienced guide is recommended for this difficult terrain. There's no actual trail through the Fiery Furnace, but it's a favorite of veteran hikers because of its intricate challenges and the vast array of stunning arches for you to soak in.

Sand Dune Arch (0.3 miles) - Easy

This sandy trail leads to a hidden arch between slickrock fins, culminating in grounds with soft sand that are the perfect place to escape during the hottest part of the day.

Tower Arch (3.4 miles) - Difficult

The Tower Arch Trail climbs up a steep rock wall, ending between incredible sand dunes and stone fins. This is no easy trek, so bring plenty of water and snacks, along with good hiking shoes.

Broken Arch Loop (2 miles) - Easy

The trail begins at the Sand Dune Arch parking area and travels through a sandy meadow to Broken Arch. The trail then continues to the Devils Garden campground, with a little bit of scrambling in the northern part of the loop.

Skyline Arch (0.4 miles) - Easy

This is a direct hike from the parking lot at the entry of Arches National Park to the base of the fin where Skyline Arch looms directly above. This short trail will put you at a great vantage point to capture many of the magnificent rock formations in the surrounding area.

Tunnel Arch (0.5 miles) - Easy

The Tunnel Arch shares the Pinetree Arch trail, leading to a double arch chiseled from a thick sandstone fin, giving the illusion of a short tunnel.

Pinetree Arch (1 mile) - Easy

Beyond Tunnel Arch, there is a gravel trail that leads to a secluded area among rock fins. This fun, little hike is on the way to Landscape Arch and is great for families who don't want to stray too far off the beaten path.

Landscape Arch (1.6 miles) - Easy

This graded trail to a spectacular arch spans larger than a football field but is one of the most beautiful hikes in Arches National Park. With some of the most rewarding views, it's a nice place to explore if you have an hour to spare in the park.

Double O Arch (4.5 miles) - Difficult

This trail starts from Landscape Arch with steep climbs, thin ledges, and rocky slabs. After reaching that brilliant arch, you can continue just a few more miles to this secluded section of the park. If you're feeling truly ambitious, continue on to the Primitive Trail.

Primitive Trail (7.2 miles) - Difficult

This alternative route connects to the Double O Arch Trail, including heights and rocky terrain. This is a challenging trail that will take a full day for even the most experienced hikers. However, the adventure is worth it for some jaw-dropping views of the park.

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