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Overview
Location

Arches National Park – near Moab, Utah

Sights

Skyline Arch

Distance

It is about 1/2 mile round trip hike

Parking Lot Elevation

5182 ft

Summit Elevation

5238 ft

Elevation Gain/Loss

56 ft

Time Required

Less than 30 minutes

Pets

Now allowed

Fees

Yes, there are entrance fees into Arches National Park

Water Info

Bring a bottle of water if needed

Best Season

All

Hours

Open year round

Sun Exposure

No shade along trail

Trail Condition

Trail is visible. Dirt path.

Restrooms

At Devils Garden trailhead

Visitor Center

Yes, near entrance of national park

Camping

Yes, at Devils Garden. There are camping fees

Food

Bring snacks as needed

Equipment

Hat, sunglasses, camera

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


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Driving Directions:


The Trail:

Skyline Arch

Skyline Arch

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.


You can see a hiker in the lower right corner of the arch

You can see a hiker in the lower right corner of the arch

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 behind the arch.  Sometimes you can see people walking under the arch.  If you want to do this, go around to the campground and hike up from there.

Skyline Arch Skyline Arch


The Return:

Head back towards your car the same way you came up.


Personal Thoughts:

This is a fun easy hike that anyone would enjoy.  It doesn’t take much time so if you haven’t already seen it I would recommend you stop then next time you are in Arches National Park.

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Jeff Johnson
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