• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Scenic

One of the first major attractions within Arches National Park. Beautiful sandstone walls. Amazing textures, shapes, and colors of the rock formations. Duration: 30 to 60 minutes.

From the Park Avenue Trail parking area, you can walk up towards the lookout and admire the beauty, or you can hike down the steep path towards the canyon. The trail takes you down the wash to Courthouse Towers. You can either hike round trip to Courthouse Towers and back, or have someone drop you off at Park Avenue Trail and be picked up by the other end.

The trailhead is located on the Arches Entrance Road, 2.5 miles north of the visitors’ center, on the north side of the road. From the parking lot, follow the paved walkway 320 feet to the trail leading down to the Avenue.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Hiking boots
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A great hike for all ages. The trail is accessible and gives you a great taste of Arches National Park if you are short on time. Very hot in Summer so start early or go late.

6 months ago
6 months ago

Great little trail as an out and back. This is very popular with the tour buses. They leave their group on one end and wait for them on the other. Can be crowded.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

I thought this was a cool, easy hike to do that takes you through some fascinating monument-like structures. Word of warning, however: if you hike it in the middle of the day during July the 2 miles feel like 8, so bring a hat and plenty of water.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

This hike is not very long or strenuous, but Park Ave is one of my favorite areas in the park. The towering sandstone cliffs make you feel so small, there's nothing like it. Go during sunrise or sunset and the rocks will glow! Definitely bring your camera along.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

It's not the most stunning hike in Arches but definitely still pretty. It's a great night photography location as well.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

A great first stop on your way into the park.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

If you need a good warm up or only have time to pop into Arches NP, this is a good option. Amazing views!

over 2 years ago
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