Short Hike to Double Arch

Utah Double Arch Trailhead

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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.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Water
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Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

0.5 Miles

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Features:

Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Scenic

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about 1 month ago

Go Early In The Morning Or Late In The Evening

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!

about 1 month ago

2 months ago

Short And Beautiful.

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.

2 months ago

3 months ago

Easy and short walk

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!

3 months ago

6 months ago

Shoot At Night

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.

6 months ago

8 months ago

Golden stone

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.

8 months ago

8 months ago

Night hike

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!

8 months ago

9 months ago

Classic Arches Adventure!

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!

9 months ago

about 1 year ago

Great hike for small kids

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.

about 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

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

over 1 year ago

over 1 year ago

Very crowded, but super cool!

over 1 year ago

over 1 year 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 1 year ago

about 2 years ago

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

about 2 years ago

over 2 years ago

Sunrise hike, beautiful.

over 2 years ago

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