Known for the iconic Delicate Arch (most commonly seen on Utah state license plates), Arches National Park is home to 2,000 arches and counting. You see, with 76,500+ acres of land within the park, new arches are discovered frequently. Plus, arches like these are formed through erosion caused by wind and water – that means more arches will continue to appear and grow larger.
What to Do in Arches National Park
You can see arches along the park’s main road, but the best way to see them is to hike. For short hikes, we recommend:
- The Windows Trail, where you’ll see North Window, South Window and Turret Arch
- Double Arch Trail, where you’ll see the incredible Double Arch (pictured)
- Balanced Rock Trail, where you’ll see the famous Balanced Rock (pictured) and view arches from afar
- Upper or Lower Delicate Arch Viewpoint, where you’ll see Delicate Arch from afar
For more active visitors, the hike to Delicate Arch (3 miles round-trip) is a must-see. Along the way you’ll have beautiful views of the park and even see petroglyphs. The longest trail in the park, Devils Garden Primitive Loop will take you to the largest number of arches. If you’re not up for the entire 7+ mile loop, consider hiking to Landscape Arch and back the way you came, an easier 1.5-mile walk round-trip.
When to Visit Arches
The best times to visit Arches National Park are spring and fall, since summer temperatures reach 100 degrees or more. Unlike many parks, Arches is opens 24 hours daily, so you can experience its beauty at sunset, sunrise and under the stars.
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