The Windows

Moab

Home to the largest concentration of natural arches in the world!

Hiking Moderate

Distance
1.9 km
Ascent
50 m
Descent
50 m
Duration
0-1 hrs
Low Point
1.6 km
High Point
1.6 km
Gradient
The Windows Map

The Windows area of Arches National Park is home to "the largest concentration of natural arches in the entire world," according to Utah.com. Hiking this route provides a variety of views of the Windows themselves, sometimes referred to as "The Spectacles." 

Description

The Spectacles are "two arches that stand side by side, though separated by some distance, cut from the same sandstone fin," according to Utah.com. "A large 'nose' separates the Spectacle arches visually from the southwest, made of a gigantic fin remnant over 100 feet wide."

In the same area, and along the hike mapped here, you'll also experience Turret Arch, one of the newer arches in the national park. Turret Arch isn't very wide but soars straight up into the sky

Less adventurous hikers can opt to simply hike the well-maintained trails from the popular Windows trailhead to the respective arches. But if you're looking to add a little adventure to your Windows experience, complete the entire loop mapped here by following the short backcountry trail around the backside of the Spectacles. This trail isn't maintained and is poorly marked, but provides an entertaining adventure in an otherwise mellow area.

However you choose to experience the arches, be sure to bring a camera and take a few snapshots—the Windows are simply breathtaking!

Difficulty

Moderate

Hiking along trails with some uneven terrain and small hills. Small rocks and roots may be present.

Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.

Remoteness

1 out of 4

Close to help in case of emergency.

Best time to visit

February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Features

  • Picturesque
  • Family friendly

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