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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šŸ„ˆ Contributor

almost 5 years ago


Iconic place for photographers. Crowded and easy to access in reality, but no less wonderful. The canyons below seem to stretch on forever.


šŸ„‡Top Contributor

almost 5 years ago

Beautiful But Crowded

Mesa Arch is a gorgeous spot. The way the arch perfectly frames Island in the Sky is picture perfect - but don't expect getting that picture to be easy. Since this is such a short hike and so near the entrance of the park the spot will be crowded with tourists and getting a shot with just the arch in the frame it will require some waiting. Also, please do not walk on the arch. There are signs stating it is not allowed yet I saw so many people doing it on my trip.


šŸ„‡Top Contributor

almost 5 years ago

A must see

If you are visiting the Island In The Sky district in Canyonlands then you have to check Mesa Arch off of the To Do List. The trailhead is right off the main highway and the trail itself is short and easy. Perfect for families and people of every ability. Don't leave Canyonlands without seeing it!

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