Spanning over 73,000 acres, Arches National Park offers plenty to explore for the curious. Visitors can walk amongst a towering wonderland of wind and water-eroded sandstone hoodoos, fins, spires, and more. But what makes Arches National Park so popular are its famous arches. There are over 2,000 marked arches within the park! Discover our favorite arches to see in Arches in National Park with our guide below.
Probably the most iconic arch within the park is the Delicate Arch. The arch rises 46 feet from the ground, making it the largest free-standing arch in the park. The hike to the base of the arch is three miles, round trip. While accessible for most, there are a few steep drops offs, which some may not enjoy. It is one of the most popular hikes in the park, so expect plenty of people walking alongside you. If you don’t want to walk that far, then stop at the lower delicate arch viewpoint, only 100 yards from the parking lot.
Tip: A visit to Delicate Arch in the winter is especially beautiful after a fresh snowfall. Discover this and other things to do in Moab in the winter with our guide!
As one of the most popular arches to see in Arches National Park, the Windows Section contains a large concentration of arches. Notable features include the Double Arch, Turret Arch, and the North Window. An easy trail from the parking lot will take you to the South and North Windows as well as the Turret Arch.
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Located almost directly across from the Windows section is the popular Double Arch. While you can see the Double Arch from the parking lot, it is much more impressive (as most of these are) when experienced up close. There is a short hike that leads you to the base of the arch, making this easily accessible for the entire family.
For those who want a bit of a challenge, hike the primitive Devil’s Garden loop to see the Landscape Arch. While the entire Devil’s Garden hike is 7.2 miles, a 1.6-mile round trip from the same trailhead will lead you to Landscape Arch. Also, spot Navajo Arch and Partition Arch in the same area. This hike is found at the far end of the park and requires a little scrambling and exposure to bare ledges.
Sand Dune Arch
Walk through thick sand amongst narrow rock fins, with what almost feels like you are in a slot canyon, to reach the Sand Dune Arch. This arch sits much lower to the ground, providing a real personal experience with the structure. The short hike to the arch is a great spot for families and people of all skill levels.
Stay at Hotel Moab Downtown
After your day of adventures exploring the most popular arches in Arches National Park, rest your head at night at Hotel Moab Downtown. Just as our name suggests, we are located in the heart of downtown Moab, offering a central location for exploring all that Moab has to offer. Our clean and comfortable rooms feature all the modern amenities, including high-speed internet, and flat-screen TVs to ensure an enjoyable stay. Plus, for your safety and others, enjoy minimal contact with exterior corridors. For the best rate guaranteed, always remember to book directly on our website.