Windows Trail

Arches National Park, Utah

Distance0.2mi
Elevation Gain220ft
Trailhead Elevation5,201ft
Top5,335ft
Elevation Min/Max5201/5335ft
Elevation Start/End5201/5201ft

Windows Trail

Windows Trail is a hiking trail in Grand County, Utah. It is within Arches National Park. It is 0.2 miles long and begins at 5,201 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 220 feet. The North Window attraction can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near the South Window attraction. This trail connects with the following: Windows Loop.

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50 Best Short Hikes: Utah's National Parks (Wilderness Press)
Greg Witt
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"The Windows section of Arches National Park features a high concentration of many large and exceptionally photogenic arches. The short loop takes you past three favorites—North Window, South Window, and Turret Arch. The two Windows arches are part of the same sandstone canyon, while Turret Arch is a separate castle-shaped canyon with the turretlike tower rising on the south side of the canyon." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Moab (Falcon Guides)
Stewart M. Green
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"This popular, easy hike takes you to three of the biggest arches in Arches National Park. The Windows Trail, one of the most popular walks at Arches National Park, makes a 0.75-mile loop hike past three of the park’s most spectacular arches. The surface of the wide trail is mostly compacted dirt with stone steps. Come early or stay late to avoid crowds on the trail and to ensure you find a parking spot." Read more
100 Classic Hikes Utah (The Mountaineers Books)
Julie K. Trevelyan
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"The Windows Loop is a perfect short introduction to Arches National Park, ideal for those with limited time who still want to soak in the beauty of the area. North Window, South Window, Turret Arch, and Double Arch all command attention and are quite lovely to see and explore around. Well known and accessed often, these arches offer an excellent first perspective on the beauties to be found in this national park. The sandstone is shot through with cram, pale gold, burnished umber, light peach, and the dark streaks and falls of desert varnish, all of which bedazzle the eye, particularly during the incredible light of sunrise and sunset hours." Read more
Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks (Falcon Guides)
Bill Schneider
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"Three fantastic arches along a short, scenic trail. The scenery is sensational on this short hike, but don’t expect to have it to yourself. Almost everybody who comes to the park hikes up to see these spectacular arches. When you hear somebody talking about overcrowding in the national parks, the Windows section of Arches often comes to mind. Consider taking this short hike early or late in the day when the crowds are somewhat diminished and you have a better chance of scoring a parking place." Read more

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11/4/2018
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7/17/2009
Great Hike but very crowded. Go to the Turret arch as well, and you can really climb around on the rocks. Makes for great picture taking as well.
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4/15/2008
If visiting the Windows, you MUST hike the primitive loop. It is the only way to get a view of both Windows together.
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10/20/2003
This was a great short hike. We had some company but it wasn't a problem. I got a great shot through the turret arch to the north window. The back loop was worth the extra effort as well, with great views.
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6/17/2003
I don't find the trail description given to be very accurate. While we did see many people hanging out at the North Window, traffic was light on most of the trail, and nonexistant once we got onto the primitive trail that loops around the back of the windows. Literally nonexistant; not a single soul ventured back that way. And we visited in the middle of the day! My advice for avoiding the crowds at Arches is to stick with the primitive trails. It seems to scare the casual tourist off, and the trails are a real adventure. This particular trail is worth the extra mileage due to the views of the park to the east, and the dramatic views of the two windows, towering much higher above from the back side. There is some shade to be found, but don't forget to bring water. The last bit of the trail runs through deep sand before coming out in the parking lot.
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Trail Information

Arches National Park
Nearby City
Arches National Park
Parks
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Easy
Skill Level
Arches National Park, The Windows Section
Local Contacts
USGS Arches National Park
Local Maps

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Dec 2018