Arches National Park Trails – Southern Utah
This is a popular destination for mountain bikers; therefore you can expect to see a few of them on this hike. Nevertheless, don’t expect all of them to be riding because there is a major 2,100 foot elevation gain from the trail head to the lake, and walking uphill is much easier than riding a bike. The lake is unbelievably located at the bottom of what looks like an old volcanic crater; 550-foot-deep. The crater is in fact a large bowl that was scooped out at the head of Mill D North Fork Canyon by a glacier during the last ice age. Viewing from the crater rim can be impressive, particularly in early September when the aspen trees on the northwest side of the lake start displaying off their fall colors.
Its best to hike this during the Summer months (May to September) so that you can enjoy the meadow flowers and all the colors you will see up there. The hike is 7.4 out and back which makes this a perfect weekend hike with a nice picnic at the lake.
Some of the best trail you should consider hiking while in the Arches National Park are:
So obviously this is going to be on everyone’s bucket-list that visits the park. This 4-mile round trip hike will provide you unforgettable views of the park and desert floor. This is one of the park most popular hikes, so plan ahead. If you are like me at all and hate crowds and specially, crowds outdoors, plan this hike for early morning and do it during the off-season of the tourist.
This hike is going to finally help you escape the masses, and get away from it all. To get to the Tower Arch trailhead, you are going to take an well maintained dirt road. The signs will indicate when you arrive at the trail so don’t worry, its kind hard to get lost – so don’t worry about it. The trail is a short 2.6 mile round trip, in which you will hike past some beautiful sandstone fins, and some rock formations that look like fingers sticking out of the earth.
This quick hike is great for family that are looking for a quick out and back loop-hike. This hike starts at the Sand Dune Arch Parking lot found at near here (38.764752, -109.583393). The hike itself is only about 3 miles with less than a 300 foot gain. You will see two amazing arches, and hike through sandstone fins and towers that are amazing.
This hike is going to different the the rest I’ve shared today because it’s don’t have any designated trails. Don’t bother planning on using your cell phone or GPS unit here because the cliff walls are so high that it blocks all signals out. But the Fiery Furnace has some of the most exciting and fun trails to hike in the park with super narrow slots that you can explore and fins and large rocks to climb on and around. Remember to be RESPECTFUL of the park and other hikers. This area of the park requires you to have a permit to hike. To get a permit for a non ranger guided tour, you’ll need to go to Arches Visitor Center during businesses hours and take care of that.