Park Avenue

Arches National Park, Utah

Elevation Gain55ft
Trailhead Elevation4,535ft
Elevation Min/Max4528/4556ft
Elevation Start/End4535/4535ft

Park Avenue

Park Avenue is a hiking trail in Grand County, Utah. It is within Arches National Park. It is a mile long and begins at 4,535 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 55 feet. The Courthouse Towers Viewpoint is near the trailhead. There are also a parking and parking.

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."

"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."

"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."

"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."

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The Park Avenue Trail is rated as a moderate trail along a canyon floor where you are surrounded by towering fins, spires, and other rock formations. Because it was August, we did this trail in the early morning before the heat of the day. The trail starts at Park Avenue and ends at Courthouse Towers for a length of 1 mile or 2 miles round trip. You can also do this trail as a shuttle if you prefer. Going down into the canyon is easy, coming up a little harder, but overall a good way to start the day. The rock formations were gorgeous! We didn’t see too many other people at the beginning, but the trail was considerably more crowded as we returned.
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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.
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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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Trail Information

Arches National Park
Nearby City
Arches National Park
Arches National Park, PO Box 907, Moab, UT 84532; (435) 719-2299;
Local Contacts
USGS: The Windows Section, UT; National Geographic Trails Illustrated: #211; trail map available at the visitor center
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018