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Three places to avoid crowds and view Arches National Park the way it should be!

Moab, Utah


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Added by Zach Freund

As many people go and explore Arches National Park they hate dealing with crowds and tourists. Here are three simple places to avoid those crowds and enjoy this beautiful area! The sights are amazing, and the weather is great most times of the year. The best way to see this beautiful area is to get out there and enjoy it with like minded people, these places will fit just that bill, with amazing arches and gorgeous views abound!

The first place to avoid the crowds is oddly enough the busiest hike in Arches National Park, but there's a catch... you must go at night. This 3.2 (round trip)mile hike begins in the Wolfe Ranch parking lot off of the main road in ANP. Make sure to bring your headlamp and watch for kairns along the trail! The arch is most clearly visible on a full moon, but astrophotography is amazing when the moon is gone! This hike is moderately hard due to slick rock and turns along the trail.

The second place to avoid crowds is hidden deep within ANP, named Tower Arch this arch is one of the best hidden gems in the park! This 3.4 (round trip) mile hike begins at the Klondike Bluffs parking area within the park. To get to this parking area, you follow the main (and only) road through ANP until you reach Salt Valley Road on the left (if you reach Devil's Garden you have gone to far). Follow this dirt road until you see signs for Tower Arch where you will turn left to get to the parking area. This hike winds hikers along amazing rock features before arriving at Tower Arch. This Arch is 92 feet across, and an amazing place to sit, look out on Utah, and eat a snack!

The third and last place to avoid big crowds is actually outside of the park itself. This arch called corona arch is a wonderful spot to get out of the park and still see a beautiful arch! To get to this arch from Arches National Park you turn left onto highway 191 until you come upon UT-279 N on the right, upon turning onto this highway follow it for 9.9 miles where the trail head will be on the right across from the Colorado River. On this road watch out for hikers climbing along the rocks to the right of the road! This trail is only 2.5 miles long (round trip) leading to Corona and Bow Tie Arch. These arches are amazing, despite being a little busier than the first two, it is very easy to get photos with no one near the arches and view them in all their glory!

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