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Mesa Arch

Moab, Utah

based on 16 reviews



0.74 miles

Elevation Gain

164 ft

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Added by Lee Cuellar

Head out on a very easy 0.6 mile loop hike to get great views and shots of historic Mesa Arch. After the quick hike, have enough time to go hit other spots in Arches NP. Plan about 1 hour of hiking and viewing time.

This is an easy 0.6 mile loop. The hike takes you out to Mesa Arch, which is one of the most famous structures of Canyonlands National Park.

If you're out with your camera, you can get amazing shots of the arch with the rugged canyon as your backdrop. Some of the best photos of the arch are at sunrise.

If you're lucky enough, you snagged a campsite Devil's Garden, making it easy for you to keep exploring Arches for a couple of days.

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Mesa Arch Reviews

This short hike leads you to one of the best sunrise spots in the park. Be warned there will be crowds but if everyone cooperates there is plenty of space to view the sunrise through the Arch at a distance. Tip: take a stroll left or right of the arch for uninterrupted views away from the immediate crowd.



Look hard for pictures of the southwest and Mesa Arch will come up. The view through this oddity of nature is memorizing. Hold on to the kids though as this is a long drop to the canyon floor below. Easy half mile lop to and from the parking lot.


Great hike! Very photographic park, especially this spot! This hike leaves you plenty of time to explore other parts of the park too!


I must’ve gotten lucky because there was almost nobody there when I went in mid July around 10am on a Sunday. If you want sunrise pictures, it will most definitely be crowded. However, any pictures you get of this place will be awesome. This is a great little hike for families who want to see an incredible view. Watch your kids though- steep drop offs! Quick, easy, and the views are spectacular!

Very easy hike and definitely worth it. There are multiple spots to get photos of the arch so get creative. Just watch where you are standing since there is a major drop off. Crowded like the others have said but I suggest making the stop to take a look for yourself.



Dozens of people there to catch the sunrise. Still utterly beautiful, just missing the peace of desert solitude that you can get at other spots. Wished I could have gone in the winter season. Nevertheless, if you have a campsite at Island of the Sky (typically Willow Flat or Dead Horse State Park), spend one daybreak at Mesa Arch.

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