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Best Hikes in Arches National Park

Delicate Arch at Arches National Park

Arches National Park has over 2,000 documented arches. The arches were created by water, ice, extreme temperatures, and underground salt movement. Arches National Park is located in Southeast Utah, about 5 miles from Moab. The best time to go to Arches National Park is in the spring or fall when the weather is nice and it is less crowded. You should plan for at least one full day in order to do the main hikes and see the top arches. Follow this guide for information about the park, where to stay, and the best hikes in Arches National park.

Amenities in Arches National Park

There is no food or gas in the park so make sure to bring snacks with you and fill up your gas tank before. There are toilets available throughout the park, although most of them are not flush toilets. If you need to refill your bottles, there is water is available at the Visitor Center and at Devils Garden.

Entrance Fees

$30 per vehicle for 7 day pass
OR $80 for America the Beautiful annual pass (accepted at all US national parks)

Where to Stay Near Arches National Park

Moab is a city 10 minutes from Arches with many accommodation options including hotels and Airbnbs. There are several restaurants in Moab and cafes with quick breakfast and lunch options. We stayed in Grand View Cottages Airbnb in Moab which we highly recommend. Use my Airbnb link to get $40 off your first booking.
Tip: If you book ahead of time (2+ months in advance) you can find great Airbnb options

Best Hikes in Arches National Park

Devil's Garden (Landscape Arch and Double O Arch)

Devil’s Garden is the best hike in Arches National Park. The trail starts at Devil’s Garden Trailhead. You can just do the short portion of the trail to Landscape Arch, which is relatively easy and 1.6 miles roundtrip. If you want to see more arches and incredible views, continue past Landscape Arch on a more difficult trail to Double O Arch. Between Landscape Arch and Double O Arch you can also find Navajo Arch and Partition Arch. These arches require and additional one mile out and back each. You can find them by following the signs to Navajo Arch and Partition Arch when you continue past Landscape Arch. If you decide to continue to Double O Arch, I highly recommend having hiking boots for better traction. Look for your perfect pair of hiking boots by searching on Amazon below.

Length to Double O Arch: 4.2 miles roundtrip
Difficulty: Moderate
At 0.8 miles you will reach Landscape Arch

Landscape Arch

If you continue to hike you will reach Double O Arch

Double O Arch

On your way back from Double O’Arch, you will see signs for Partition Arch and Navajo Arch. Partition Arch and Navajo Arch are both an additional 1 mile each.

Partition Arch
Partition Arch
Navajo Arch
Navajo Arch

Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch is one of the best hikes at Arches National Park, and is known to be one of the most popular hikes. Hike up to the famous Delicate Arch with a lot of great views along the way. The trail gets very crowded so start early. The trailhead is located At Wolfe Ranch and there is a large parking lot at the trailhead, although parking does fill up later in the day. 
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 3 miles roundtrip
Elevation Change: 480 ft

The Windows and Turret Arch

Windows
The Windows
Turret Arch
Turret Arch

Follow the short trail to two windows and an arch with views of rock formations and mountains. This is a great quick hike to see arches.
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1 miles roundtrip

Double Arch

Double Arch

This flat trail leads to a closer view of two huge arches that intersect.
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.5 miles roundtrip

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