Arches National Park Trails

Moab, Utah

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Arches National Park is located 5 miles north of Moab. Of the five national parks in Utah, Arches is the one most dominated by domesticated “frontcountry.” Nevertheless, park administrators now estimate that more than 70,000 acres have wilderness characteristics. The increase in recommended wilderness acreage comes from several sources, including the addition of Lost Spring Canyon’s 3,140 acres, expiration of some mineral and grazing leases, and the exchange of school trust lands within the park for other lands. Natural stone openings are found all over the Colorado Plateau, and in other parts of the world where easily erodable stone weathers into semistable arches. But no place on earth can match Arches National Park for the dense concentration of these strangely graceful formations. Depending on what your criteria are for a measurable arch, there are about 900 stone windows, doorways, and eyes in the park. This trail guide includes descriptions of Lower Courthouse Wash.
Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

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Utah's Wilderness Areas: The Complete Guide

by Lynna & Leland Howard (Westcliffe Publishers)

Arches National Park is located 5 miles north of Moab. Of the five national parks in Utah, Arches is the one most dominated by domesticated “frontcountry.” Nevertheless, park administrators now estimate that more than 70,000 acres have wilderness characteristics. The increase in recommended wilderness acreage comes from several sources, including the addition of Lost Spring Canyon’s 3,140 acres, expiration of some mineral and grazing leases, and the exchange of school trust lands within the park for other lands.

Natural stone openings are found all over the Colorado Plateau, and in other parts of the world where easily erodable stone weathers into semistable arches. But no place on earth can match Arches National Park for the dense concentration of these strangely graceful formations. Depending on what your criteria are for a measurable arch, there are about 900 stone windows, doorways, and eyes in the park. This trail guide includes descriptions of Lower Courthouse Wash.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 5.3
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Best Spring through Fall
Trailhead Elevation: 3,960 feet
Top Elevation: 5,653 feet
Local Contacts: National Park Service, Arches National Park
Local Maps: USGS Mollie Hogans, Klondike Buttes, Merrimac Butte, Big Bend, The Windows Section, Cisco SW, Goldbar Canyon, Moab
Driving Directions: Directions to Arches National Park Trails

Recent Trail Reviews

9/14/2009
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Had a great time @ Arches. The trails that we hiked were easy enough for our 3 year old and we packed around our 6 month old. It was a blast!


9/8/2008
1

The hike to the arch could be a little difficult if you do it in flip flops. It doesn't seem tough do to the beauty and challenge of it. It's worth it! Bring a lunch and enjoy the surroundings.



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