Arches National Park

Eye of the Whale Arch – Arches National Park Utah

GPS Coordinates: Off-road Portion Begins: 38.70172, -109.56687 Picnic area and outhouse: 38.7026, -109.56898 High Clearance Vehicle Portion needed: 38.70147, -109.58026 Eye of the Whale Arch Trailhead: 38.71527, -109.60171 Eye of the Whale Arch: 38.71303, -109.6038 Trail Map Driving Directions The driving directions get you to the picnic area. Then use the Trek guide below for the details on how to get out to Eye of the Whale Arch. The Trail: This Trek is separated into two sections: The off-road portion and the hiking portion. Off-Road Portion Since ATVs are not allowed in Arches National Park you will need a high clearance vehicle to successfully make the trip out to the arch.  Or if you wanted, you could simply just park your vehicle and hike the rest of the way. The off-road portion was pretty easy.  If you just go slow over all the small and medium sized rocks you will ...
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Magic Mystery Bridge – Arches National Park Utah

GPS Coordinates Magic Mystery Bridge: 38°46'16.91"N, 109°34'23.01"W Trail Map Magic Mystery Arch is located near Broken Arch.  It really isn't that hard to find it so go out and explore! Driving Directions The Trail: Magic Mystery Bridge is located to the east of Broken Arch.  The bridge is extremely dangerous because you may walk on top of it and not even realize it.  More importantly, there is a crack next to the bridge which you could easily slip and fall 80 ft into the alcove below! I'm not sure why it is called Magic Mystery.  And depending on who you ask, the park rangers may not even know what you're talking about if you want to know directions. The hike to this secret bridge is quick and fun!  I didn't know exactly where I was going so I just explored around until I found it.  It wasn't hard to find though. The ...
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Landscape Arch – Arches National Park

Trail Map Driving Directions The Trail: Landscape Arch is the longest in Arches National Park, and the second longest natural arch in the world having recently been declared longer than Kolob Arch in Zion. It is 290 feet wide. This hike is a small portion of the Devils Garden hike in Arches. Devils Garden is great but the shorter, and more friendly hike is to do an out and back hike to Landscape Arch and two smaller arches along the way. The trail starts at the Devils Garden trail head which is at the end of the park roads in the north part of Arches. There is also a large campground here but reserve your spot well in advance if you want to camp. The trail immediately starts hiking through the large fins that are common in the park. There will be a small sign soon after the beginning to ...
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Tower Arch – Arches National Park

Trail Map Driving Directions The Trail: Arches is known mainly as a hiking park. Moab itself is best known for its off roading. Most people don't know there is a very nice off road trail in Arches that takes you to Tower Arch. The trail gets pretty rough in spots but with a spotter I was able to navigate everything in a stock half ton truck, but this is still not a trail to take lightly. There are several tire eating rocks, and many places to get stuck in the sand if you aren't an experienced driver. I personally thought it was easy and fun, but we passed a family in a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon far superior to my truck and they were terrified and didn't think they would make it. Like anything else, make sure you go prepared and you will have a great time! Due to the deep ...
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Double Arch – Arches National Park

Trail Map The Trail: Double Arch is one of the most famous features in Utah national parks. It is the tallest arch in the park and has been in several movies, the most famous of them is, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. It is a very easy quarter mile walk each way. From the parking area you can see the arches but they are much more spectacular up close. During your walk if you look back you can get a glance at north window arch, and the La Sal Mountains. As you get closer you can see why it is called double arch. The larger span is 148 feet wide and 104 feet high. Take the time to get a good view. It's really awesome. The Return: Return back on the trail you came. Personal Thoughts: This is a must do if you have not seen it. Its an ...
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Elephant Butte – Arches National Park

GPS Coordinates: Trailhead: 38.69808, -109.55004 Canyon Entrance: 38.69571, -109.54797 Sand Dune Area: 38.69713, -109.54299 First Rappel: 38.69674, -109.54241 Second Rappel: 38.696, -109.54333 Trail Map Driving Directions The Trail: Elephant Butte is a fun and relatively short canyoneering experience.  The route features two rappels and lots of areas for general canyoneering fun such as bouldering, hiking on sandstone and hiking up cracks and crevices. The trail begins at the Elephant Butte/Garden of Eden parking lot. We followed a dirt trail south for about 1/4 mile until we came to the canyon entrance.  The only way we knew this was the right canyon was because my brother had done this canyon before - so it might be wise to use the GPS coordinates above to figure out which canyon is the correct entrance. At the entrance of the canyon we were scurrying up and  down large boulders and eventually we came to where ...
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Not Tierdrop Canyon – Arches National Park

GPS Coordinates: Trailhead: 38.62432, -109.59989 First Rappel: 38.62497, -109.60517 Second Rappel: 38.62554, -109.60515 Third Rappel: 38.62659, -109.60482 Trail Map Driving Directions The Trail: Not Tierdrop Canyon is located right above the upper parking lot to Park Avenue in Arches National Park.  You will need full canyoneering equipment and skills and make sure you go with people who know what they are doing. Let me start off by saying that we needed to create a few of our own anchors.  If you do not know how to create safe anchors then do NOT go technical canyoneering where using ropes and harnesses is required.  We brought enough webbing and rapides (quicklinks) for our own use and make sure you bring enough for yours. Follow the asphalt park road south west for a few hundred yards until you see a dirt path which cuts immediately west.  Take this trail until you come right up next to the ...
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Desert Potholes in Arches Filling with Coins

“Does this look like a wishing well?” the staff at Arches wrote on its Facebook page. “While hiking in the park yesterday, park rangers came across a desert pothole with coins on the bottom. Dropping coins in a desert pothole is the same as leaving trash or graffiti on the trail.” Read it on Adventure Journal ...
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The Tunnel – Arches National Park

The Tunnel is a naturally carved tunnel in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah.  It is a less traveled hiking route that offers something unique inside the park. GPS Coordinates: Trailhead: 38° 38.954'N, 109° 35.900'W Cowboy Graffiti: 38.647886°, -109.605981° The Tunnel: 38° 39.570'N, 109° 36.418'W Trail Map Driving Directions Just park in the small turn off just passed the Courthouse wash.  You will cross a bridge (if headed north) and the turn off is on your left side. The Trail: The Tunnel is accessed by parking off the road in the small turn off just as you pass The Courthouse (heading towards the north).  There is a narrow trail that you can see right from where you park your vehicle.  Hike on this trail which follows Courthouse Wash for the majority of the hike until you come to the third canyon on the right side where the Tunnel is located. Just before the first bend that leads you ...
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Broken Arch – Arches National Park, Utah

GPS Coordinates Trailhead: 38° 45.885'N, 109° 35.001'W Broken Arch: 38° 46.291'N, 109° 34.663'W Trail Map Driving Directions: The Trail: Broken Arch, which actually isn't broken, is a great little hike for everyone to enjoy.  You can even see Broken Arch from the parking lot. The parking lot is the same for Sand Dune Arch so if you have an extra half hour and want to see another amazing arch go see it. The trail is very flat, in fact you will be losing about 30 feet overall by the time you reach Broken Arch at the end of the .62 miles.  The trail winds around a small valley that is very picturesque. The trail hugs the east side of the valley for a few hundred feet and then it drifts to the west side of the valley.   You can see Broken Arch even from far away still. Despite its name, Broken Arch is ...
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Sand Dune Arch – Arches National Park, Utah

Sand Dune Arch is a great little hike that is perfect for families.  It is short and provides amazing views of sandstone "fins" and an arch. GPS Coordinates Trailhead:  38° 45.885'N, 109° 35.001'W Sand Dune Arch:  38° 45.859'N, 109° 34.857'W The Trail Driving Directions: The Trail: The trail starts at the same parking lot as Broken Arch just before Skyline Arch.  The trail is very wide and easy to follow for the majority of the hike. At about 300 feet from the parking lot you will come to a fork in the path.  The left fork continues straight and eventually goes to Broken Arch.  The trail to the right goes on to Sand Dune Arch.  Take the right fork and continue on the trail. I enjoy this little hike because from the parking lot you are quickly enveloped inside sandstone fin structures that tower up above you.  You feel a little claustrophobic as these ...
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Skyline Arch

This is an easy hike for every one.  It is flat and you can get great views of Skyline Arch. GPS Coordinates Trailhead: 38° 46.320'N, 109° 35.455'W Skyline Arch: 38° 46.473'N, 109° 35.419'W Trail Map section label="Driving Directions"] Driving Directions: The Trail: Skyline Arch can be seen from the road which is why many hikers skip over this one and go do Devils Garden or Delicate Arch trails instead.  I still think this is great to see up close.  Or if you are short on time and you should do this hike. There are really no signs or directions.  The dirt path leads directly underneath Skyline Arch but you won't be able to hike up to it unless you come from behind it. The trail is easy and it is about .22 miles to the arch itself.  I have seen people hike up from the Devils Garden campground which is located just ...
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Devils Garden – Arches National Park

This is an incredible hike filled with many spectacular arches to see.   You will see one of the longest arches in the world and many other fascinating arches and landscapes.  This is a great adventure for the entire family. GPS Coordinates Trailhead: 38° 46.972'N, 109° 35.700'W Landscape Arch: 38° 47.437'N, 109° 36.429'W Wall Arch - Broken as of 2008: 38° 47.544'N, 109° 36.468'W Side Trek - Tunnel Arch: 38° 47.104'N, 109° 35.812'W Side Trek - Pine Tree Arch: 38° 47.239'N, 109° 35.907'W Side Trek - Partition Arch: 38° 47.505'N, 109° 36.514'W Side Arch - Navajo Arch: 38° 47.469'N, 109° 36.548'W Dark Angel: 38° 48.094'N, 109° 37.656'W Primitive Trail GPS Coordinates Black Arch: 38.799570°, -109.611576° Box Arch: 38.801531°, -109.615266° Private Arch: 38.801328°, -109.616395° Trail Map Driving Directions: The Trail: The trail being next to many giant sandstone "fins" right at the parking lot.  The trail is clear and very visible.  You will be travelling on hard sandstone and sand the entire way to Dark Angel.  This is a very popular hike and you ...
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Delicate Arch – Arches National Park Utah

In the summer months, you will see people for just about the entire length of the hike.  If you are hiking in the Summer expect the weather to be very very hot!  Always remember to drink lots of water. GPS Coordinates Trailhead:  38° 44.136'N, 109° 31.238'W Delicate Arch:  38° 44.612'N, 109° 29.957'W Trail Map Driving Directions: Because Delicate Arch is one of the most popular attraction in Arches National Park and even in the state of Utah, you could share the trail with hundreds of other visitors. The roads are paved all the way to the parking lots. The Trail: NOTE: You can either do the actual hike to Delicate Arch or if you are short on time you can just do the Viewpoint hike which is directly to the east of the Delicate Arch Parking Lot but if you do the Viewpoint hike you will not get close to Delicate Arch ...
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Balanced Rock – Arches National Park

GPS Coordinates Trailhead: 38° 42.102'N, 109° 33.978'W Balanced Rock:  38° 42.055'N, 109° 33.875'W Trail Map Driving Directions: In Arches National Park entrance past the entrance station, travel 9 miles on Arches Scenic Drive. After 9 miles, and when you come to the first intersection, take the first right into the parking lot of Balanced Rock. The Trail: The trail starts off on a concrete path that wheelchairs can use with ease.  The concrete path travels to the east of the Balanced Rock formation and ends just behind it. You will notice to the east a primitive trail exists and offers many other exciting views of Balanced Rock.  The trail is still very easy to manage and is recommended. The primitive trail circles around Balanced rock and then ends up back at the start near the parking lot.  You get incredible views of the formation and wonder how it is still holding up ...
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