11 Best Hikes in Arches National Park Utah

11 Best Hikes in Arches National Park Utah

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!

Best Hikes in Arches National Park Utah // localadventurer.com

BEST HIKES IN ARCHES NATIONAL PARK

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. 😳

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

2. 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.)

The Windows Loop (Best Hikes in Arches National Park) // localadventurer.com

3. 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.

Double Arch (Best Hikes in Arches National Park) // localadventurer.com

4. 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.

Storm clouds over the Fiery Furnace, Arches NP by Ben Coffman on 500px.com
photo: Ben Coffman

5. 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.

Hiking to Delicate Arch Arches National Park // localadventurer.com

6. Tower Arch

Distance: 3.4 Miles
Difficulty: Difficult

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.

Tower Arch by Alex Mironyuk on 500px.com
photo: Alex Mironyuk

7. 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 really look broken at all)!

Broken Arch Arches National Park // Wayne Pinkston
photo: Wayne Pinkston

8. 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!

Park Avenue (The Best Hikes in Arches National Park) // localadventurer.com

9. 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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Have you done any of these hikes? Any that we need to check out and add to the list?

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  1. Arriving to Devils Garden is strenuous but absolutely worth hiking here!

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