amazing epic hikes in Arches national park
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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.

sunrise hike to delicate arch amazing epic hikes in arches

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!

sunrise at delicate arch

Difficulty: Strenuous-Difficult | Length: 3 miles roundtrip | Time: 2-3 hours | Elevation gain: 480 ft

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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.

pine tree arch in arches national park

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.

pine tree arch trail in arches national park

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.

landscape arch amazing epic hikes in arches
landscape arch in arches national park

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.

woman hiking in devil's garden in arches national park
devil's garden loop trail amazing epic hikes in arches

Difficulty: Strenuous-Difficult | Length: 7.9 miles roundtrip | Time: 3-5 hours | Elevation gain: 1,085 ft

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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.

sand dune arch amazing epic hikes in arches
sand dune arch trail

Difficulty: Easy | Length: 0.3 miles roundtrip | Time: 15-30 minutes | Elevation gain: not significant

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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.

broken arch amazing epic hikes in arches

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.

broken arch amazing epic hikes in arches

Difficulty: Easy | Length: 1.3 miles roundtrip | Time: 40-60 minutes | Elevation gain: not significant

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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.

skyline arch amazing epic hikes in arches

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.

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North and South Window, The Windows Section, Arches National Park
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North Window, The Windows Section, Arches National Park
south window in arches national park
South Window, The Windows Section, Arches National Park

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 amazing epic hikes in arches

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.

amazing epic hikes in arches in the windows section
On the left: North Window, On the right: Turret Arch.

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!

balanced rock amazing epic hikes in arches national park

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.

wilson arch in moab utah amazing epic hikes in arches
wilson arch in moab utah amazing epic hikes in arches

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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  1. When we’re allowed to travel again, Utah is at the top of my list. Thanks for the great hiking guide, I’ve saved this to my ‘to do’ list, as I want to work my way through all of these! Amazing.

  2. It’s great that there are so many beautiful hiking trails to go on in this national park! The landscape here is incredible and I would definitely love to get some photos here!

    1. Oh, yes! The landscape is to die for. The red rocks and clear blue sky were just magical. Even later in the evening when the skies were grey it still looked so beautiful! You’ll love taking pictures here, for sure.

  3. Loved Arches National Park, although we didn’t go on as many hikes as you did. It’s beautiful and a perfect hiking place. We watched Wilson arch from the viewing point.

  4. I haven’t hiked a lot in the Western US, but my uncle has. He loves hiking! I have to share this post eith hiMm!

  5. These are truly epic hikes and trailblazers for anybody who wants the beauty into their lives. The pictures are gorgeous.
    I adore the blinding orange and red colors of the Arches and Moab. Been to these National Parks many times. But my awe with their pristine beauty never succumbs to the ordinary or fades away.

  6. These are great hikes!! We love arches and go there all the time in the spring and fall when it’s not too hot!

  7. All these arches look absolutely amazing!! I would love to visit them one day 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

  8. Yay! Arches National Park was such a beautiful park to explore! I managed to do most of these hikes but unfortunately didn’t make it to all of em’–hoping to get to go back someday! :]

  9. looks perfect to me! I’d so hike there. I do hope to visit Arizona for epic hikes sooner than later

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