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Things to See in Arches

There are many incredible rock formations and spectacular views to see in Arches National Park. Below are a few of the most popular sites in the park.

Park AvenuePARK AVENUE  It is easy to see why early park visitors thought the sandstone fins of Park Avenue resembled the soaring towers of New York City. Stop and hike down the Park Avenue canyon if time allows.


Balanced Rock in Arches National ParkBALANCED ROCK  One of the many wonders in Arches National Park. The huge boulder atop this formation seems to defy gravity. Balanced Rock can be seen from the road, but to fully appreciate its precarious balance, walk the short paved accessible loop trail around the base. As proof that this formation won't stand forever, in the winter of 1975-76, Balanced Rock’s smaller sibling “Chip-Off-the-Old-Block” collapsed (see Arches Then and Now web page), proving that there is no better time than the present to see this awe-inspiring giant.


Double Arch in Arches National ParkTHE WINDOWS The Windows has some of the park's largest arches. A short family-friendly trail gives you up-close views of three massive arches (the North and South Windows, and Turret Arch). Walk the short trail to the base of Double Arch. You will be in awe of this giant arch soaring overhead! Visit CNHA's Arches National Park Hikes page to learn mores about the trails at the Windows.


Delicate Arch in Arches National ParkDELICATE ARCH The world's most famous natural arch! The opening beneath the arch is 46 feet (14 m) high and 32 feet (9.7 m) wide, making it the largest free-standing arch in the park. Before the name Delicate Arch stuck after appearing in an article in 1934, the arch was known by various names:"Cowboy's Chaps" and "Old Maid's Bloomers" among others. There are two ways to see Delicate Arch.


Guided Hike in Fiery FurnaceFIERY FURNACE The Fiery Furnace is a labyrinth of narrow sandstone canyons and fins, with no established trails. It is easy to become disoriented or lost here, so you must either go on a ranger-led hike or get a permit to enter the Fiery Furnace. Learn more about this fascinating place at the Arches National Park Fiery Furnace web page.  


Devils Garden in Arches National ParkDEVILS GARDEN One of the most popular areas of the park, the Devils Garden is home to seven awe-inspiring arches and Dark Angel Spire. Moderately easy trails lead to Tunnel Arch, Pine Tree Arch, and Landscape Arch.  Beyond Landscape Arch, the trail (including the Primitive Loop) becomes more challenging, climbing over sandstone slabs with some narrow ledges and exposure to heights. Devils Garden is also home to the Devils Garden Campground.

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