After visiting all of Utah’s National Parks, known as the ‘Mighty 5’, I’ve come to the conclusion that Arches is one you cannot miss. The park is full of arches. And while some are a little harder to get to, others can be viewed from your car on the drive in.
1. Delicate Arch
Starting with my favorite arch, and possibly one of my top 5 favorite hikes, is Delicate Arch. The hike is a little strenuous. You’re definitely going to need to pack water and bring your trekking poles if you have any. I was so impressed to see so many elderly people making the steep journey up to the top of this mountain to see this formation. There was a woman using an actual cane to get to the top. They required many breaks along the way, but I admired their determination.
The trail was 3 miles and can be done around 2.5 hours. I power walked the whole way and was in and out within an hour and 15 minutes. This is a very popular hike so the best time to avoid the crowd would be in the early morning.
2. Double Arch
The Double Arch is an easy .5 mile walk round trip from the trailhead. It is impressively large and if you get here just after sunrise, you might find yourself being the only here.
3. Landscape Arch
Lastly, the longest arch in the park, the Landscape Arch. While many of the arches are open to walk freely about, this one might be a little too delicate to walk underneath. Any closer and you probably won’t be able to fit it all in one shot. 😉 It takes about 50 minutes, round trip, this arch.
The Landscape Arches’ trail leads through a section of the park called Devil’s Garden. Don’t forget to look around during your hike. It is a gorgeous place with amazing desert plants, animals, and scenery. There are three other arches located in the Devil’s Garden.
Arches National Park is located in the city of Moab, next to Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park. While it seems like a very popular destination, it is far from other major cities and usually isn’t crowded. There are many other sites to be seen in here, but you can most likely see everything in one day. Below are more highlights from my trip to Arches.
These ancient petroglyphs can be found off the trail to the delicate arch.
The founders of this area thought it resembled New York City’s skyline.
This is an absolutely amazing formation to see close up. Unfortunately, I was unable to make the hike due to sever blisters and no Band-Aid’s 🙁
Just Driving Around
…You’ll see cool things.
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