Park Avenue Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Arches experience gets off to an impressive start as you leave the Arches Visitor Center and ascend a road carved below sandstone cliffs. Arriving at the Park Avenue Viewpoint and Trailhead, you’ll need to decide whether to do this hike as a one-way—in which case you’ll need a shuttle driver to meet you at the Courthouse Towers Viewpoint—or as a round-trip. If you have limited time and hope to pack as much hiking into your day as possible, do this as a one-way hike."
--Greg Witt, 50 Best Short Hikes: Utah's National Parks (Wilderness Press).
"Located in the southern sector of Arches National Park, this excellent mile-long hike explores Park Avenue, a sandstone skyscraper–lined canyon. The 1-mile-long Park Avenue Trail descends down Park Avenue, a spectacular canyon that drains north from the road to Courthouse Wash and the Courthouse Towers sector of Arches National Park. It’s best to hike the trail from south to north because it’s all downhill that way. If you prefer this easy route, have a driver in your party shuttle your vehicle to the Courthouse Towers parking area at the trail’s northern trailhead. Otherwise hike back south up Park Avenue to the southern trailhead for a 2-mile-long hike. Remember, however, that coming back is mostly uphill."
--Stewart M. Green, Best Easy Day Hikes: Moab (Falcon Guides).
"If you are traveling past Arches National Park and only have time for one quick hike, then this is the one for you. The 2-mile out-and-back hike includes popular rock formations like the Three Gossips, the Courthouse Towers, Queen Nefertiti and Queen Victoria Rocks, the Organ, and the Tower of Babel. All are visible from the road, but there is no comparison to the experience of getting out and hiking through them. All of these natural wonders are famous and oft-photographed."
--JD Tanner and Emily Ressler-Tanner, Hiking the Four Corners (Falcon Guides).
"A scenic stroll in the shadow of nature’s skyscrapers. The Park Avenue Trail is most aptly named for New York City’s famous street. Early travelers noticed a similarity between these sandstone spires and the famous skyscrapers along New York’s Park Avenue, and the name stuck. The main difference, of course, is that nature, not mankind, sculpted the “skyscrapers” of Arches National Park."
--Bill Schneider, Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks (Falcon Guides).
Lots of fascinating rock formations, and an easy walk from south to north. After the first portion, the trail is not very well marked, but that doesn't matter, there's only one way to go.
A surprisingly interesting walk, very easy from south to north, slightly harder from north to south. Some very interesting formations. I particularly liked the monolith with the broken top that had slid nearly half way off.
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