Mesa Arch Canyonlands National Park

Moab, Utah

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A very short walk to a magni?cent arch with a spectacular view. This is a perfect trail for beginners. It’s easy and short, and a detailed display at the trailhead explains how to hike the trail. Although the NPS manages this trail for beginners, it has something for everybody, and halfway along the short loop you’re treated to spectacular Mesa Arch. The arch is right on the edge of a 500-foot cliff, part of a 1,200-foot drop into Buck Canyon. You can get a keyhole view of the White Rim country through the arch. If you step back a few steps, you can also frame the lofty La Sal Mountains (usually snow-topped in the spring) within the arch.
Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks

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Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks

by Bill Schneider (Falcon Guides)

A very short walk to a magni?cent arch with a spectacular view. This is a perfect trail for beginners. It’s easy and short, and a detailed display at the trailhead explains how to hike the trail. Although the NPS manages this trail for beginners, it has something for everybody, and halfway along the short loop you’re treated to spectacular Mesa Arch.

The arch is right on the edge of a 500-foot cliff, part of a 1,200-foot drop into Buck Canyon. You can get a keyhole view of the White Rim country through the arch. If you step back a few steps, you can also frame the lofty La Sal Mountains (usually snow-topped in the spring) within the arch.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 0.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Nat Geo Trails Illustrated Map: Island in the Sky
Local Maps: Nat Geo TOPO! Map (USGS): Musselman Arch
Driving Directions: Directions to Mesa Arch: Canyonlands National Park

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