Quick Hike to Mesa Arch



0.6 miles

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Added by Lee Cuellar

The hike is a very easy 0.6 mile loop. Get great views and shots of historic Mesa Arch. After the quick hike, have enough time to go hit other spots in Arches NPDuration: 1 hour.

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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One of the iconic National Park Hikes

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.

Easy hike with photographic views

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

about 3 years ago

Easy walk with Epic views!

I mustā€™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!

What A Beauty

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.

almost 5 years ago

Scenic Utah at its Best

Aside from Delicate Arch, Mesa Arch is probably the second most photographed place in Utah. And for good reason: It's awesome! But, that also means that its constantly surrounded by people: In front of, next to, and even on top of the arch. And since its a short hike to get to, that makes it all the more problematic if you're looking for peace and quiet. But all in all, a worthy destination within Canyonlands.

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