Arches is a great park for the whole family! It’s even enjoyable just by driving around the park road and stopping at the viewpoints. But for those adventure-seekers like me, there are some amazing epic hikes in Arches. And best of all, these hiking trails are for all skill levels.
Arches National Park is located in the southeast part of Utah, less than 5 miles north of Moab–a city for adventurers! And, it’s one of Utah’s Mighty Five–the state’s five National Parks.
On my list of favorites, after visiting all five National Parks in Utah, Arches is tied at the number one spot with Bryce Canyon National Park.
How Long Does it Take to Complete these Amazing Epic Hikes in Arches National Park?
Are you wondering how long it will take you to see Arches? Well, I would say that two is the magic number. Two full days will allow you to completely see and explore Arches National Park.
However, in just one day you can do all of the hikes mentioned in this list (which is what I did). I arrived in Arches at 3 am and hiked until 1 pm. Then, we had lunch and took a break. And afterward, we went back to the park at 6 pm. It was super cloudy at that time and I thought it would rain but it didn’t.
We were able to hike The Windows Section at that time and stayed in the park until 9 pm. It was exhausting! This is why I recommend having two full days to explore and hike the park. This will allow you to do the longer hiking trails in one day, and the rest on the next day.
The Best Hikes in Arches National Park that You Can’t-Miss
In no particular order, these are the most amazing and epic hikes in Arches.
1. Delicate Arch
Delicate Arch is certainly the most famous arch in the park. It was actually at the top of my bucket list for Arches National Park and I was really excited about it. However, this is not an easy hike.
This 3-mile round-trip strenuous trail is not for everyone. I started this hike at 3 am and got lost two times.
Needless to say, it’s a steep trail through slick rocks, has exposure to heights, and no shade. On the final stretch of the trail before getting to Delicate Arch, you will have to walk through a narrow rock ledge.
If you’re afraid of heights, this part might not be so fun but it’s so worth it!
Difficulty: Strenuous-Difficult | Length: 3 miles roundtrip | Time: 2-3 hours | Elevation gain: 480 ft
2. Pine Tree Arch
This one is actually my favorite arch in Arches! Pine Tree Arch is completely stunning and it’s a less visited arch in comparison to Delicate Arch and The Windows Section of the park.
You will start at the Devil’s Garden trailhead and will eventually take the side trail to your right.
What I love the most about Pine Tree Arch is that it’s like a hidden gem in Arches National Park. It sure does not disappoint.
Difficulty: Easy | Length: 1 mile roundtrip | Time: 30-45 minutes | Elevation gain: not significant
3. Landscape Arch
You will find Landscape Arch at the ‘end’ of the Devil’s Garden Trailhead. I say the end because it’s the last of the marked trail, before the start of the primitive trail.
Hiking to Landscape Arch is fairly easy and the trail is mostly packed sand.
Difficulty: Easy | Length: 1.9 miles roundtrip | Time: 30-60 minutes | Elevation gain: not significant
4. Devil’s Garden Loop (all trails)
If you want to complete the full Devil’s Garden trail system, you should be prepared to hike most of it along the primitive trail. The primitive trail is a challenging hike and it has narrow ledges, steep climbing, and uneven surfaces.
Difficulty: Strenuous-Difficult | Length: 7.9 miles roundtrip | Time: 3-5 hours | Elevation gain: 1,085 ft
5. Sand Dune Arch
Along with the Delicate Arch, Sand Dune Arch was on my Arches bucket list. There’s something about the sandy terrain and this perfectly formed arch that captured my heart.
It’s a very easy trail in which you will hike through deep sand. This makes it a great hiking trail for kids and for the whole family.
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6. Broken Arch
Just after exiting the Sand Dune Arch, you can follow the trail that will take you to the majestic Broken Arch. It’s a picturesque and impressively beautiful arch!
This trail is easy and you can cross the meadow and climb some rocks in order to get to the arch.
Alternatively, you can enjoy the views from the meadow. The rear view of the Broken Arch is spectacular! (see picture below). This trail continues after the arch and it will take you to Tapestry Arch–which is an additional 2 miles.
Difficulty: Easy | Length: 1.3 miles roundtrip | Time: 40-60 minutes | Elevation gain: not significant
More Amazing Epic Hikes in Arches
7. Skyline Arch
Skyline Arch is a very pretty arch that can even be viewed from the car. This is a short, out-and-back hike along a flat trail and it’s good for the whole family.
The view is more like a big, tall wall with an arch right at the top middle part.
Difficulty: Easy | Length: 0.4 miles roundtrip | Time: 10-20 minutes. Elevation gain: not significant
8. The Windows Section
The Windows is a very popular area in Arches National Park. Therefore, just like Delicate Arch, The Windows Section gets really crowded. I actually had to take 10 pictures of the North Window in order to finally get one without the crowds in the back. Crazy!
The cool thing about The Windows is that these arches are joined together by a ‘wall’ of rocks that kinda looks a lot like a nose. This is why they’re commonly referred to as the Spectacles.
To get to the North and South Window, you will climb up a gravel trail, but it’s not difficult at all. The impressively beautiful North Window is super big and one heck of a view!
Then, towards the back of the North Window, you will find South Window.
Difficulty: Easy | Length: 1.1 miles roundtrip | Time: 30-60 minutes | Elevation gain: 154 ft
9. Turret Arch
Turret Arch is actually part of The Windows section. I decided to mention it separately because it deserves individual mention.
At The Windows trailhead, after climbing up towards the North Window, continue hiking to your right. The short trail will lead you straight to this arch.
Turret Arch is located in The Windows Section and is without a doubt, part of these amazing epic hikes in Arches! It stands solitary and it is very beautiful.
10. Double Arch
Just across the street from The Windows, you will see the Double Arch. It’s a flat and easy trail that takes you to two giant arches. Just like The Windows, this area can get crowded, especially during sunset time.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a picture of Double Arch, but you will see a sign in the parking lot leading you straight to it.
Difficulty: Easy | Length: 0.5 miles roundtrip | Time: 15-30 minutes | Elevation gain: not significant
11. Balanced Rock
The Balanced Rock in Arches is one of those things you see that leaves you in complete awe. It’s perfection at its finest! The trail leading to this picturesque rock formation is an easy loop and part of the trail is paved.
This is a great hiking trail for kids!
Difficulty: Easy | Length: 0.3 miles roundtrip | Time: 15-30 minutes | Elevation gain: not significant
Feeling Adventurous? Check Out Wilson Arch
Although this arch is not located inside Arches National Park, it’s only a short 37-minute drive from the park. Wilson Arch is a beautiful sandstone arch located along Highway 191 that has everything minus the crowds.
For non-adventurers or those who prefer not to climb through these rocks, Wilson Arch can easily be viewed from the Highway.
However, hiking up the hill to get to the arch is quite an adventure. It’s a steep hill and you will be stepping on rocks and uneven surfaces. I loved it because it was isolated and the 5-minute moderate hike felt like a full-body workout.
Plan your visit for these Amazing Epic Hikes in Arches National Park
Visiting Arches National Park during the summer can be brutal! During my visit, temperatures were at 107°F and it felt suffocating. Additionally, Moab–which is the nearest city to the park, feels like a real furnace during the summer.
However, if you plan accordingly, summer can actually turn out to be a great time to visit Arches National Park.
Spring and Fall are probably the best times to visit Arches. During the winter, some trails might be icy and slippery.
Hours: Open 24 hours, year-long. Visitor center opens daily from 9 am to 4 pm.
Fees: $30 entrance fee per vehicle
Location: Southeast Utah
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