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Mesa Arch – Canyonlands National Park
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Overview
Location

Canyonlands National Park

Sights

Mesa Arch, White Rim Road, Island in the Sky

Distance

0.66 Mile Loop

Elevation Gain/Loss

149 Feet

Time Required

15-60 Minutes

Pets

No

Fees

$25 Park Entrance Fee

Water Info

None. Pack your own

Best Season

Any

Sun Exposure

100% in the sun. Pack sunscreen

Trail Condition

Easy well trodden path

Restrooms

At visitor center

Visitor Center

Yes

Camping

Yes

Food

No

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The Trail:

Mesa Arch is easily the most photographed spot in Canyonlands. Its a good spot because you can take good photos almost any time of day. Most every morning there are many people waiting for the sun to rise to get an iconic shot. I went in the afternoon and still had a good time. There are almost always people here so this is not the place to come for solitude. Its cool and worth seeing but not as cool as other areas in the park. The trail makes a very easy loop with stairs helping for most of the 150 feet of elevation gain. The whole loop is 0.66 miles making this a very family friendly hike.

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The arch itself is pretty small and unspectacular.

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The reason its so popular is not the arch itself, but what it frames. It offers great views of the La Sal Mountain, White Rim Road, and the Monster Tower. Here are some examples of different views and angles.

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Be sure to look for trucks and jeeps down on the White Rim Road. I always have fun trying to spot the arch from far below.

Personal Thoughts:

This area is definitely worth seeing once, and if you wanna wake up before dawn can yield amazing photos. With that being said the crowds and the relative small arch mean there are much cooler places in Canyonlands to explore.

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About The Author
Josh1990
I love adventure! I live in Cache Valley, Utah. Do you have questions on any of my Treks? Email me @ joshua.oyler@gmail.com

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