Short Hike to Double Arch

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Distance

0.5 miles

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Scott Kranz

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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Really Cool

These are some of my favorite arches in the NP and only a short walk. This parking lot will likely fill up early so get there during the off hours to make that easier

Outside Delicate, my favorite inside Arches NP.

Easy short hike to a amazing double arch. And its massive. Look along the trail and see many other arches in the nearby cliffs.

Crowded but beautiful

Arches National Park has no shortage of beautiful, short hikes. But with that comes the crowds. Plan to visit early in the morning or late at night especially on weekends. The parking lot for this hike is large, but it does fill up fast with how many people come to visit Double Arch and neighboring hikes. Beautiful arches and landscape though! Please remember to stay on the trail and not trample the delicate crypto soil. There are signs everywhere, but I still saw so many people stepping off trail. This soil can take YEARS to grow.

Unique and Magestic

This is definitely worth a stop along your drive through the park. Be sure to walk under the arches, they're a geological wonder!

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!

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.

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!

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.

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about 5 years 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.

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!

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