• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Out-and-Back

  • RT Distance:

    0.5 Miles

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Scenic

This area has the largest collection of Arches in the world, making this a great hike to not only explore double arch, but take in a few others as well.

The hike to Double Arch is a relatively flat and easy hike of 0.5 miles roundtrip. You can add this to the rest of the quick spots you may want to visit on your visit to Arches.
This arch is created by two arches that shares the same stone as the foundation for their outer legs. This arch was formed by downward water erosion as opposed to the more common side-to-side erosion.

The good news is that there's a fair amount of parking at the parking lot, because visitors also tend to park there to visit the Windows section of the park.

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  • Tripod
  • Water
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A nice and easy hike to the beautiful arches. We made the mistake of going in the middle of the day when it was most crowded. Because the hike is very easy, it's a main attraction in the park. Still beautiful, though!

10 months ago
10 months ago

Go sit under these two arches. Being under two towering rock features with the sun casting shadows on you is incredible. And the "hike" is super short so it would be silly to miss this arch during your visit to Arches National Park.

12 months ago
12 months ago

It's really not much of a walk to get out to Double Arch. You can see the pair of arches from the road, but they're really worth taking the 5 minutes to head out to and stand under! Very large and impressive formations!

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

If you have the chance to go up to Double Arch at night it is perfect for taking star photos. You also will not have to deal with the crowds it gets during the day.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Checked it out at sunset and the colour was absolutely stunning—glowing in the late summer. As big as a cathedral. Absolutely worth visiting. Hang around and the tourist crowd will ebb.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

The best time to go here is once the sun has set. You won't run into too many people and you will get some good views of the stars that are out!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

It's definitely a must-see Arches hike, terrifically scenic and an easy hike to get to. The arches themselves are visible from the road, its almost impossible to miss. That, and movie fans will recognize it as being the location of the opening scenes of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

We hiked this with my brother and his family and the kids loved scrambling up and over all of the rocks. It was pretty windy underneath the arch and there's a pretty steep drop off so just be careful! One of the best hikes to do with little kids in the park.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Visit at night and escape the crowds. Winter time in the early morning is another option to avoid large crowds.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

Very crowded, but super cool!

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

A very crowded, easy hike to the arch. But the arch is beautiful and there is enough space you can still find your own little spot away from the crowd.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Tourist trap. Cool though. Look for it in the Indiana Jones movie

almost 3 years ago
almost 3 years ago

Sunrise hike, beautiful.

about 3 years ago
about 3 years ago

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