Mesa Arch Loop

Canyonlands National Park - Island In The Sky District, Utah

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Mesa Arch Loop is a hiking trail in San Juan County, Utah. It is within Canyonlands National Park - Island In The Sky District. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 6,145 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 226 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The Mesa Arch attraction can be seen along the trail.
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Mesa Arch Loop is a hiking trail in San Juan County, Utah. It is within Canyonlands National Park - Island In The Sky District. It is 0.7 miles long and begins at 6,145 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 226 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The Mesa Arch attraction can be seen along the trail.
Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Canyonlands National Park - Island In The Sky District
Distance: 0.7
Elevation Gain: 226 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 6,145 feet
Top Elevation: 6,168 feet
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Driving Directions: Directions to Mesa Arch Loop
Parks: Canyonlands National Park - Island In The Sky District
Elevation Min/Max: 6078/6168 ft
Elevation Start/End: 6145/6145 ft
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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.

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Mesa Arch lies right on the edge of the Island in the Sky Mesa, at the top of a 600-foot drop-off into Buck Canyon. The arch is small by Utah standards-roughly 50 feet long and 15 feet high. Nevertheless it presents some nice views of the canyons below.

The La Sal Mountains are nicely framed by the opening, with the Monster Tower and Airport Tower rising from the White Rim Plateau in the foreground. If you look carefully you can also see the Washerwoman Arch through the opening of Mesa Arch. The Washerwoman is situated near the top of another sandstone pinnacle that stands just north of the Monster Tower, 1.4 miles from the rim. Trail: Well marked, easy to follow.

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It’s a quick jaunt to Mesa Arch, the most scenic and accessible stone arch in Canyonlands. This hike is suitable for all ages and skill levels and highly recommended for every park visitor. It’s a great way to start your day in Island in the Sky after first stopping at the visitor center.

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This short, easy hike takes you to spectacular Mesa Arch and an overlook above the Colorado River Canyon. The short Mesa Arch Trail makes an open loop across the eastern edge of the Island in the Sky, a lofty mesa rimmed with vertical cliffs, ending at Mesa Arch and one of Canyonlands National Park’s most dramatic scenic views. The wide, easy to follow trail, with a sand and slickrock surface, is marked by occasional cairns or rock piles and dried wood alongside it.

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eastern edge of the Island in the Sky, a lofty mesa rimmed with vertical cliffs, ending at Mesa Arch and one of Canyonlands National Park’s most dramatic scenic views. The wide, easy-to-follow trail, with a sand and slickrock surface, is marked by occasional cairns or rock piles and dried wood alongside it. The trail ends abruptly at the unfenced edge of a 500-foot-high cliff below Mesa Arch.

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