Sandstone Majesty: Best Hikes in Arches National Park

Experience the epic beauty of soaring sandstone arches in one of America's most famous national parks.

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The Windows
Photo: Don Graham

Description

Some of America’s national parks fly way under the radar, receiving a fraction of the visitors that they deserve. The names of other national parks are always on the lips of adventurers and tourists from around the world. Utah’s Arches National Park is most definitely one of the latter!

The soaring sandstone arches found in the park are some of the largest and most impressive on the planet! You’ve undoubtedly seen images of the ultra-famous Delicate Arch, even if you didn’t realize it at the time. But Arches National Park is home to so much more than just Delicate Arch, with a plethora of strange and beautiful arch formations and weather-worn sandstone rock sculptures.

This guidebook rounds up both the most famous hikes in Arches, along with some of the most under-rated hikes. While of course, you must hike to Delicate Arch during your trip, consider hiking to a lesser-known destination like Tower Arch as well.

If you want to stick to easy, non-technical trails, then Double Arch and the Windows are the perfect hikes for you. On the other hand, if you want a technical scrambling and navigational challenge, get a backcountry permit and head to the sandstone maze that is the Fiery Furnace. Pack some water, hit the trail, and soak in the majestic sandstone beauty of Arches National Park!

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