Arches National ParkFrom I-70 heading east take exit 182 and head south on US-191 for 27 miles to the park entrance on your left. (435) 719-2299
Balanced Rock Trail-.3 Mile RT-
The trail begins at the Balance Rock Parking Lot.
Courthouse Wash-(1) 6 miles RT : (2) 6.2 miles One-Way
(1) Drive 4.6 miles up from the Arches Entrance to the parking lot. The trail begins in the wash on the east side of the bridge. (2) Drive 12 miles north from the Colorado River Bridge on US 163 to where Courthouse Wash parallels the HWY. (1) This trail follows the wash so youíll need the right shoes for wading through the water. (2) This hike can be up to 30 miles RT if you start near the Colorado River Bridge. The hike takes you to the Courthouse Towers, colorful cliffs that form massive free standing towers.
Delicate Arch-3 miles RT
Drive 11.7 miles from the entrance to the turnoff to Delicate Arch and Wolfe Ranch, and another 1.2 miles to the parking area. The trail crosses over Salt Wash on a suspension bridge. After the bridge you can take a short side trip on the left to a petroglyph. After 1 mile the trail will start to climb a steep rock slope to the arch. You can see Frame Arch to the right.
Desert Nature Trail-.2 mile Loop
The trail begins at the Bates Wilson Memorial, just next to the visitor center. You can get a Nature Trail Guide and read the sign that tell you about the plants and animals that live in the area.
Devils Garden Trail-5 miles RT
Drive 19 miles from the entrance to the trailhead at the end of the road where it makes a small loop in the Devils Garden area. This hike takes you along different paths to several various arches. After .25 miles the trail splits right to Pine Tree Arch and Tunnel Arches. The left takes you along the main trail on to Landscape Arch and Double O Arch. After .8 mile from the trailhead you will reach Landscape Arch, the largest free-standing arch in the world. From here the trail takes you along Wall Arch, and in .25 mile a spur trail to the left leads to Partition Arch and Navajo Arch. Back on the main path is another .5 mile to Double O Arch. From here another spur trail heads left to the Dark Angel, or to the right the trail leads toa spur trail after less than a mile turns right to Private Arch. Return to the main trail and continueon and the trail will loop around to the starting point.
Double Arch Trail-.8 mile RT
The trail begins from the Windows Parking Area. Just to the right of the arch will be several caves.
Drive toward Wolfe Ranch parking area, but follow the road that forks to the right towards Delicate arch viewpoint. Just before the viewpoint take the 4WD trail to the right to Dry Mesa. The trail follows some canyon washes and there is an old mine cave.
Fiery Furnace-2 miles RT
Stay on the main park road to Fiery Furnace road, and the trail starts at the end of the parking area. This hike winds through a maze of tall sandstone fins hundreds of feet high with arches along the way.
Klondike Bluffs/Tower Arch
3.4 miles RT
Drive 16 miles from the entrance and turn left onto Salt Valley Road. Follow the road for 7.1 miles and turn left at the junction with the sign pointing to Klondike Bluffs. This road will end at the Tower Arch trailhead in 1.5 miles, or you can take an advanced 4WD road before the Bluffs road straight to the arch. The trail climbs to the top of the bluff and continues up and down to Tower Arch. Near the end of the trail it will become difficult to wade through the loose sand going uphill to the Arch.
Park Avenue Trail
2 miles RT
Drive 2.5 miles from the entrance station and the parking lot is on the left. You can start at either end of the trail but this starting point is downhill. The hike offers views of Courthouse Towers, Tower of Babel, Organ, and Three Gossips. The trail starts out as a concrete path leading to an overlook 100 yards from the trailhead. From here the trail goes into a slickrock dry wash and will eventually end at the Courthouse Towers Parking area.
Sand Dune Arch Trail-1.5 miles RT
The trail begins at the Broken Arch/Sand Dune Arch Parking Lot. Sand Dune Arch will be on the right side of the trail after .15 mile. Continue on and turn right at the junction, and you will reach Broken Arch in .75 mile. You can also reach Broken Arch from Devils Garden Campground.
Skyline Arch Trail-.4 mile RT
The trail begins at the Skyline Arch Parking lot.
1 Mile Loop
Stay on the main park road to the Windows Section turnoff near the Balanced-Rock pull-off, and park at the end of the road loop. There are 2 trails here. The 1st one will take you to Double Arch, and the other to Turret Arch, and North and South Windows.
Drive 6.5 miles south to the Island in the Sky Visitor Center and turn right at Upheaval Dome Road. Go another .8 mile, and turn right into the parking area.
Big Spring Canyon-10.4 Miles RT
From the Visitor Center drive 6.5 miles to a parking lot where the trailhead is ocated. The trail heads west 3.4 miles and meets with a jeep road .7 mile to another jeep road that you will walk along to its end and onto Overlook Point in 1.1 miles. That offers views of where the Colorado River and the Green River meet.
Cave Spring-.6 Mile Loop
Drive .9 mile west from the Needles Entrance and turn left, then .5 mile and turn left again to the end of the road in 1.2 miles to the trailhead. This loop walks by ruins, Cave Spring, and rock art.
Chesler Park Loop/Elephant Hill Trail/Joint Trail-17 Mile Loop
Call (435)259-4351 Two weeks in advance for a $15 backcountry camping permit. From the Visitor Center follow the signs to Elephant Hill to the parking lot and trailhead. From the trailhead you hike south 1.3 miles and turn right at the fork, then left in .6 mile at this fork. Follow this trail south passing the next 2 forks 3.2 miles down Elephant Canyon to Druid Arch. Back at the fork 1.8 miles north turn left along some ruins to make the loop of Chesler Park. The trail takes you through huge caverns and narrow crevasses of sandstone to a viewpoint overlooking Chesler Park.
The Chocolate Drops
8.8 Miles RT
Drive south from Hanksville on HWY 95 for 45 miles to the Dirty Devil River. After crossing the ridge drive 1.2 miles southturn left onto the dirt road. The first 34 miles isnít too bad, but the last 14 miles will require 4WD. 30 miles from the HWY turn right at the 4-way, and follow the signs to Doll House and Standing Rocks. 3.5 miles before reaching the Doll House there will be a sign marking the Chimney Rock trailhead and parking area. From Chimney Rock Trailhead, drive back towards the highway for 3 miles, past Lizard Rock and the Wall. There will be a parking lot on the north side of the road just past the Wall. There are 4 towers that sit about 200 feet high. The trail heads north 4.4 miles before reaching the Chocolate Drops.
2 Mile Loop
You will need 4WD. From Hans Flat Ranger Station, drive 2.5 miles to the Panoramic Point junction, and turn right onto Gordon Flats. Drive 12.1 miles and turn left down Flint Trail 2.8 miles to Big Water Canyon Road, and turn right. Follow this road for 3.5 miles to a 4-way and turn left. Stay on Dollhouse Road for 20.8 miles until you reach the campground. Turn left at the fork to the trailhead 50 feet after the Confluence Overlook. You will follow the Spanish Bottom Trail .4 mile to a junction turning right to another junction in .25 mile turn left to Surprise Valley Overlook, and the Granary.
2 Miles RT
Drive south from the Island in the Sky Visitor Center for 12 miles all the way to the end of the road to the trailhead.
Green and Colorado River Overlook
8.9 Miles RT
Drive south from Hanksville on HWY 95 for 45 miles to the Dirty Devil River. After crossing the ridge drive 1.2 miles southturn left onto the dirt road. The first 34 miles isnít too bad, but the last 14 miles will require 4WD. 30 miles from the HWY turn right at the 4-way, and follow the signs to Doll House and Standing Rocks. 3.5 miles before reaching the Doll House there will be a sign marking the Chimney Rock trailhead and parking area. From here drive east for 3.8 miles where the road crosses a small wash to the trailhead. After hiking northward .8 mile you will see the Beehive Arch on your left. The trail will lead you right down to the arch. After 3.5 miles stay to the right at the junction. In .9 mile youíll reach the junctions that will loop around.
1 Mile RT
4WD up Pritchett Canyon to about 1/8 a mile beyond the southern side of Window Arch. Halls Bridge is in the upper part of this drainage.
Horseshoe Canyon Trail/Great Gallery
7.4 Miles RT
5 miles north of the junction between the Hanksville and Green River roads to the Maze to a road on the east side to Horseshoe Canyon 2 miles to the trailhead. The trail heads south 3.7 miles to the Great Gallery, which is a major rock-art site. There are several other rock-art locations along the way.
Little Wild Horse Canyon Trail
9.4 Mile Loop
Drive south of I-70 on HWY 24, 24 miles to Hanksville, and go to Goblin Valley State Park. 2 miles before the entrance turn right onto Wild Horse Mesa and drive another 5.3 miles to the trailhead. The trail heads north .6 mile and turns left at the junction into Bell Canyon. After 1.9 miles you will reach a jeep road with Cistern Mine just west of you. Continue on the road northeast to find the trail that loops around back to the trailhead.
The Maze/Chimney Rock Trail
12.9 Mile Loop
Call the Hans Flat Ranger Station (435) 259-2652, 2 weeks in advance for a $15 backcountry camping permit. Drive south from Hanksville on HWY 95 for 45 miles to the Dirty Devil River. After crossing the ridge drive 1.2 miles southturn left onto the dirt road. The first 34 miles isnít too bad, but the last 14 miles will require 4WD. 30 miles from the HWY turn right at the 4-way, and follow the signs to Doll House and Standing Rocks. 3.5 miles before reaching the Doll House there will be a sign marking the Chimney Rock trailhead and parking area. The trail heads north 6.6 miles to the Maze Overlook, and returns back to the trailhead 6.3 miles via Pictograph Fork, which forks right 1.8 miles from the overlook. The trail will fork again in 2.3 miles where you will turn left back to the trailhead.
.5 Mile Loop
Drive 6.3 miles south to the Island in the Sky Visitor Center and turn east into the Mesa Arch Parking Area. The arch is on the edge of a 500 foot cliff. You can also see Washer Woman Arch off to the left of the Mesa Arch Overlook.
9 Mile Loop
Drive 6.4 miles south from the Island in the Sky Center and turn left at the junction towards Grand View Point. Drive 2.5 miles and turn right to Murphy Point, park at the trailhead .5 mile from the paved road. Hike south 1.1 miles and turn left at the junction. Hike another 2.6 miles and you will meet a jeep road where you need to head west 1.4 miles to Murphy Camp and back on the trail just north from here. The trail continues 2.8 miles north to meet back with the previous trail.
Neck Spring Loop
5 Miles RT
Drive .8 mile south of the Island in the Sky Visitor Center and turn left into the Shafer Canyon Overlook Parking Area. The Island in the Sky plateau narrows to 40 feet with cliffs dropping off n both sides. After leaving the trailhead youíll have to cross the road and continue on the other side. Then the trail drops down to Neck Springs. Then the trail will climb up to Cabin Springs.
From the Needles Entrance drive 5.1 miles the Pothole Point Parking Area.
Slickrock Foot Trail
2.4 Mile Loop
From the Needles Entrance drive 6.4 miles and park on the south side of the road at Slickrock Parking Area. There are 4 viewpoints along this trail.
7.5 Mile Loop
From the Needles Entrance drive west for 2.7 miles and turn left into the campground. The left for takes you to the trailhead with the shortest access to the backcountry. Stay to the right at the junction to the Peekaboo Trail, and 2.8 miles in at the Lost Canyon Trail. Then the trail will climb slickrock all the way to Big Spring Canyon junction; just keep to your right back to the trailhead past the Chesler Park Trail junction.
Upheaval Dome Overlook/Syncline Loop Trail
8 Mile Loop
Drive 6.5 miles south to Island in the Sky Visitor Center and turn right onto Upheaval Dome Road. Go another 4.8 miles to the picnic area at the end of the road. The Crater View trailhead is near the west side of the picnic area. After 100 yards the trail will fork to the left and right continue straight climbing .5 mile to reach the first overlook. The second overlook is just another .75 mile. Back at the main path head west 3.2 miles to a junction and turn right at both junctions heading east 1.5 miles to the center of the crater. Back at the main path continue northeast 4.6 miles to return back to the trailhead.
1 Mile RT
Drive 6.5 miles south to Island in the Sky Visitor Center and turn right onto Upheaval Dome Road. Go another 3.9 miles to the parking lot. The trailhead is on the north side of the road. From the trailhead to the overlook is .5 mile.
White Rim Overlook
1.5 Miles RT
Drive 11.2 miles south form the Island in the Sky Center and turn left into the picnic area. The trail begins near the south side of the parking lot.
From Moab drive north 2 miles on HWY 191, and turn east onto HWY 128 and drive 21 miles to a gravel road on the right side that goes 2.1 miles to the trailhead at the picnic area. The trail takes you along gigantic red-rock formations and has views of Colorado River George near the end. All along the trail you will encounter various locations of rock art.
From Moab drive downriver on Cane Creek Road into lower Cane Creek Canyon. Drive 2 miles past pavement road and park in the pull-out. This hike takes you to Funnel Arch and through Behind-the-Rocks slick rock country.
Elevation-5,048 ft : 86 Acres : Depth Maximum-70ft : Mean-33ft
Kens Lake is 13 miles southeast of Moab. From mile post 118 on US-191 (about eight miles south of Moab) turn east on Old Airport Road and follow the sign to Kens Lake, La Sal Mountain Loop, and Redrock Speedway. After one mile, turn right where Old Airport Road ends, and head south for 1.5 miles to Flat Pass Road on the left. From here the dam should be visible about a mile to the east. Flat Pass Road reaches Kens Lake in about two miles. It is possible to launch a boat on the lake, but boating is restricted to trolling and nonmotorized craft. The lake is closed from 11:00 PM to 5:00 AM, but camping is permitted in designated areas. The lake has no riparian habitats or other common lakeside scenery, but the 1,000 feet of slickrock bluffs bordering the Spanish Valley are impressive. The area immediately around the lake is popular for primitive camping.
La Sal Pass Trail/Mount Tukuhnikivatz
4.8 Miles RT
From Moab drive south on HWY 191 for 23 miles to the La Sal Junction, and turn left onto HWY 46, 12.7 miles through La Sal to Canopy Gap Road. The road turns left here and goes 2 miles, and another left onto Road 123. Drive another 7.4 miles to the trailhead .3 mile pass Medicine Lake turnoff. The trail follows a jeep road .9 mile turning left into a trail, and heads north 1 mile before turning west to the summit.
Take HWY 46 south of Moab through La Sal and turn right onto Forest Road 208 which is about 3 miles east of town. The lake offers fishing for rainbow & brook.
2 Miles RT
From Main Street in Moab, turn west onto Kane Creek Blvd., and follow the road .75 mile to a fork, turn left for .5 mile to the parking area on the left. There is a lift here that will take you to the top. You can continue another .1 mile past the parking area to access Scott M. Matheson Wetlands Preserve. This trail is only a total of 1 mile RT.
Negro Bill Canyon
4.5 Miles RT
From Moab drive north 2 miles on HWY 191, and turn east onto HWY 128, 3.1 miles to the parking lot and trailhead. This trail follows a stream through Navajo Sandstone 2.3 miles to Morning Glory Natural Bridge.
Turn onto UT 128 at the south end of the Colorado River Bridge and go upriver and cross the Dewey River Bridge and continue for 1 mile and park. East of the Arches National Park winds eastward through canyons for miles to Colorado River then continues along the Dewey River. This 25 miles RT hike will take you past several mines and arches.