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11 Best Hikes in Arches National Park You Simply Can’t Miss

Looking for the best hikes in Arches National Park? These are our favorites!

We love visiting all the Utah parks and feel fortunate to live within easy driving distance of them. If you love hiking, we’ve put together a list of the best hikes in Arches National Park.

What’s great about Arches National Park is that their scenic drive takes you to many of the popular arches in the park. However, there’s still a lot that you can only access on foot, including the world-famous Delicate Arch. Luckily, there are plenty of options for all levels of hikers.

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Last Updated: May 13, 2024

11 Best Hikes in Arches National Park You Simply Can’t Miss

UPDATE: Timed Entry Tickets are now required from April 1 to October 31, 2024. It doesn’t cost extra but there is a $2 service fee. If you have camping, backcountry, Fiery Furnace, or special use permits, they qualify as your ticket. You also don’t need one if you are doing a tour with an approved company.

1. Balanced Rock

Distance: 0.3 Mile   |   Difficulty: Easy

You get a great view of this picturesque rock from the road, but this short stroll gets you right next to it to really appreciate its size and keeps you hoping that the rock stays balanced. 

See More: 9 Things You Can’t Miss at Arches National Park

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2. Double Arch

Distance: 0.5 Mile   |   Difficulty: Easy

This gravel-surfaced trail takes you to the base of two giant arches that span above you.

See More: 9 Most Famous Arches in Arches National Park

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3. Windows Loop

Distance: 1 Mile   |   Difficulty: Easy

A well-marked trail takes you to North Window, South Window, and Turret Arch. You can climb into both the North Window and Turret Arch for great photo ops, but can only see the South Window from below. (Has anyone scrambled up there? It doesn’t look easy.)

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4. Landscape Arch

Distance: 1.6 Miles   |   Difficulty: Easy

This is a relatively easy hike in Devils Garden and takes you to one of most recognizable arches in the park. You also have optional side trips to Tunnel and Pine Tree arches.

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5. Broken Arch Loop

Distance: 2 Miles   |   Difficulty: Easy

Most people skip over Broken Arch for the more popular arches, so it leaves it less crowded. It’s a relatively easy hike and you get to play under an arch (that doesn’t look broken at all. It does have a split though)!

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6. Park Avenue

Distance: 2 Miles   |   Difficulty: Moderate

This hike works best if you have someone who isn’t interested and just wants to drive. You can get dropped off at the Park Avenue parking area, then follow the trail through the canyon until you reach the Courthouse Towers where they pick you up!

See More: The Ultimate Guide to Arches National Park

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7. Fiery Furnace

Distance: 2 Miles   |   Difficulty: Strenuous

This hike can only be accessed through a ranger-led hike. Sign up at the visitor center, and explore this labyrinth of narrow sandstone canyons. It does require scrambling! Sign up early. When we arrived, all the slots were taken.

8. Delicate Arch →

Distance: 3.2 Miles   |   Difficulty: Strenuous

Slick rock and no shade can make this trail difficult. During the day it can be brutally hot. It is easily one of the most crowded hikes since it’s the most popular arch in the world. Check out our guide for the Delicate Arch hike.

See More: Delicate Arch Hike in Arches National Park

9. Tower Arch

Distance: 3.4 Miles   |   Difficulty: Strenuous

This trail has steep climbs and has you walking through sandstone fins and sand dunes, but you get to visit a unique arch with a tower attached! This is a great hike to get away from the crowds.

10. Double O Arch (Includes Landscape Arch)

Distance: 4.5 Miles   |   Difficulty: Strenuous

Although the beginning of this hike is easy, it starts to get more difficult after you pass Landscape Arch. There are narrow ledges and areas with exposure to drop-offs.

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11. Devils Garden (Primitive Trail, Includes Double O and Landscape) →

Distance: 7.8 Miles   |   Difficulty: Strenuous

This hike was the highlight of our trip, and we highly recommend it! It gives you a chance to see multiple arches, including Landscape and Double O. The arches are beautiful, but the hike itself is also very fun and diverse. It requires some scrambling and has some exposure to heights. We saw some folks turn back.

I have a terrible fear of heights, but it wasn’t as bad as I anticipated. You should be fine as long as you have a good pair of hiking shoes with good traction.

See More: How to Hike the Devil’s Garden Trail Arches National Park

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Essential Tips

Best Places to Stay in Arches National Park

What’s Nearby

  • Canyonlands National Park (26.2 mi / 30 min, map)
  • Capitol Reef National Park (133 mi / 2 hr 5 min, map)
  • Mesa Verde National Park (150 mi / 2 hr 50 min, map)
  • Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park (191 mi / 3 hr 22 min, map)

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