9 Most Famous Arches in Arches National Park

9 Most Famous Arches in Arches National Park

When we visited Arches National Park, we wanted to not only get some good hikes in but also see all the best arches in the park. How can you not see the best arches in Arches?

With over 2,000 documented arches in the park, you may think you’ll be seeing arches everywhere, but most of the 76,519-acre park is filled with lots of other rock formations (luckily, there are plenty of other interesting rock formations to see in between listed at the bottom!).

9 Best Arches in Arches National Park + Other Famous Rock Formations // localadventurer.com

For arches to even form, there needs to be a set of unique circumstances:

  1. It requires a certain type of rock. Arches NP has Entrada Sandstone, which has spherical grains that form porous rock.
  2. Thick layers of salt deep beneath the surface creates long domes as they bulge upwards and cause cracks in the domes
  3. The perfect amount of rain for erosion. Just a bit more or less rain each year would prevent the arches from forming.
  4. Lastly, the area can’t have too many earthquakes or the arches would collapse.

9 BEST ARCHES IN ARCHES NATIONAL PARK

1. Delicate Arch

The most famous arch in the park and in the world. This is on the Utah license plate and people come from all over the world just to see and photograph this arch.

Pro-tip: Best times to photograph are dawn (least crowded), dusk, and sunset (most crowded).

Arches National Park Delicate Arch (+ 9 Best Arches in Arches National Park) // localadventurer.comDelicate Arch Arches National Park (+ 9 Best Arches in Arches National Park) // localadventurer.com

2. Double Arch

This double arch isn’t one on top of the other one where it’s two on top of each other, this double arch is made of two giant arches next to each other. At the right angle, you can see through both of them. Since my photo came out horribly, here’s a great night shot taken by Wayne Pinkston.

Milky Way through the Double Arch Arches National Park Utah - A Glimpse of Heaven // Wayne Pinkston

3. North Window

This arch gives you a clear view through to the other side. Most people take photos of Turret Arch framed by the North Window. We didn’t go during the optimal time of day for that shot (sunrise), so we took this instead. This one is usually crowded, so you may have to wait a while to get a photo standing in the window.

North Window Arches National Park (9 Must See Arches in Arches National Park) // localadventurer.com

4. South Window

Just around the corner from the north window is the South Window. This one is elevated on the rocks.

South Window Arches National Park Moab Utah // localadventurer.com

5. Turret Arch

Turret Arch (9 Best Arches in Arches National Park) // localadventurer.com

6. Landscape Arch

This narrow arch spans the sky along the Devils Garden Trail (highly recommend the hike!).

Landscape Arch Arches National Park Utah (+9 Most Beautiful Arches in Arches National Park) // localadventurer.com

7. Double O Arch

Not to be confused with Double Arch. What’s better than one arch? Two… in O shapes… stacked on each other!

Double O Arch (+9 Best Arches in Arches National Park) // localadventurer.com

8. Navajo Arch

This arch is wide and almost feels like you’re walking into a cave. We also loved that the rock formations on the way to the arch were really unique!

Navajo Arch Arches National Park Utah (+9 Must See Arches in Arches National Park) // localadventurer.comNavajo Arch Arches National Park Utah (+9 Must See Arches in Arches National Park) // localadventurer.com

9. Private Arch

The arch itself isn’t the prettiest or most unique, but like its name, we liked this one because it was the least crowded. You can actually sit and find a quiet moment to yourselves.

Private Arch Devils Garden Trail Arches National Park Utah // localadventurer.com

BONUS. Other Awesome Rock Formations Worth Seeing

1. Balanced Rock

This is an iconic formation at the park that’s easily accessed from the main road.

Balanced Rock Arches National Park Moab Utah // localadventurer.com

2. Dark Angel

We didn’t take the detour hike all the way up to the 150-ft monolith. You can actually see it (to the left in photo) from the main Devils Garden Trail. From what we heard from most people coming back, it wasn’t worth the detour. Same view, just closer up.

Dark Angel Arches National Park // localadventurer.com

3. Park Avenue

Arches Park Avenue (9 Arches You Must See in Arches National Park + More) // localadventurer.com

4. Three Gossips, Sheep Rock, and Courthouse Towers

You can get a view of all three from the La Sal Mountains Viewpoint:

Three Gossips, Sheep Rock, and Courthouse Towers from La Sal Mountains VIewpoint, Arches National Park, Moab Utah // localadventurer.com

5. Wall Arch

This arch collapsed in 2008, but you can still see the remnants of it.

Wall Arch Arches National Park - collapsed in 2008 // localadventurer.com

How to Plan Your Trip for Photography:

Labeled with which spots are better for photos during sunrise (R) and sunset (S).

  • Windows Area: Double Arch (R), North Window (S), South Window(S), and Turret Arch (R)
  • Delicate Arch is its own hike. Light is best during sunset, but way less crowded during dawn.
  • Devils Garden Trail: Landscape (R), Double O (R), Navajo, and Private.

Private Arch Arches National Park (+ 9 Most Beautiful Arches in Arches National Park) // localadventurer.com

Have you been to Arches before? Which arch or spot in the park has been your favorite?

PIN FOR LATER:
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Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 50 travel blogs in the world. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They move to a new city every year and currently live in Portland, Oregon.

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