Balanced Rock at Arches National Park, Utah

The Top Things to Do in Arches National Park, Utah

As we embark on our journey forwards Arches National Park in Utah, the Rock formation, and its reddish copper Brown color amaze us so much. It was spectacular. The way these Rocks were formed and structure made it so beautiful. We were in awe when we entered the Arches National Park. We visited the visitor center first thing we arrived there to ask them about the Top places to visit and the things to do in Arches. Below are some tips that they have provided and the Hikes that we did! 

Map Of Arches National Park 

The Map of Arches National Park, Utah. Extracted from https://www.nps.gov/arch/planyourvisit/maps.htm
The Map of Arches National Park, Utah. Extracted from https://www.nps.gov/arch/planyourvisit/maps.htm

Top Things to Do in Arches National Park, Utah

1. Hiking!

Diana Hiking into Double O Arch, Utah
Diana Hiking into Double O Arch, Utah

There are lots of hiking trails that you can experience in Arches National Park, Utah. They have got different levels of difficulty as well.

Hikes would include Double O Arch, Dark Angel, Private Arch, Broken Arch, Tapestry Arch, Delicate Arch and many more. Click here to find out more about Hiking trails and its level of difficulty in Arches National Park.

We were recommended by the Park Ranger to hike the Double O Arch. All I could remember from this Hike was the 2 Kings that we saw which explains its name. It was a tough climb.

This is not for somebody who is afraid of climbing steep Rocks. Please be careful on the way up. We were so exhausted after the Hike. It took us about 2-3 hours to Hike the Double O Arch. The scorching weather made the entire experience even more worst and tiring. If you have a few days in the park, you can Hike the other trails like Delicate Arch, Broken Arch, and Dark Angel. 

2.  Scenic Drive

Scenic Drive in Arches National Park, Utah
Scenic Drive in Arches National Park, Utah

The Park is a full 43 miles drive. Getting around the park is through a Scenic Drive. Once you reach a point, You can stop your car, park it and take a short walk. It is not that difficult. There are several points that you can see! If you do not have enough time, here are some of the points that you should see! 

The CourtHouse Towers Viewpoints, Utah
The CourtHouse Towers Viewpoints, Utah
Rock Formations in Arches National Park, Utah
Rock Formations in Arches National Park, Utah

We found this very interesting Rock Formation while we were driving along the 43 mile road in Arches National Park, Utah. Doesn’t it look like a face? We felt so when we snapped this picture!

3.  Landscape Arch

Landscape Arch in Arches National Park!
Landscape Arch in Arches National Park!

 

At the far end of the Arches National Park. Drive all the way to the top, park your car and its a short Hike along the Devils Garden trail. (1.6 miles). This very thin Arch and head back to the car. If would like to hike further, you can go to Navajo Arch, Partition Arch, and Double O Arch.

4.  Balanced Rock. 

Balanced Rock at Arches National Park, Utah
Balanced Rock at Arches National Park, Utah

One of the more popular features in Arches National Park. Lots of Tourist visit here to take pictures as it does look cool. As you park your car, you can catch a glimpse of the Balanced Rock without needing to Hike much! Walking around the Balanced Rock is only about 0.3 Miles. The Balanced Rock is standing at 128 Feet (39m) Tall. Though this Balanced Rock defies gravity at the moment, it won’t always be the case as Balanced Rock smaller Sibling has already fallen in 1975-76. 

5.  Delicate Arch and its Viewpoints. 

Delicate Arch in Utah
Delicate Arch in Utah

Delicate Arch, one of the top things to do in Arches, is a free-standing Arch. You have three different ways to see this beautiful Arch: 

  1. Hiking 3 miles up (Roundtrip) to see the Arch up close. The climb may not be easy as there are steep Rocks and sweltering weather that you need to put into consideration. 
  1. Lover Delicate Arch is on a level path, and you would need to walk 1 mile or less. 

Upper Delicate Arch requires you to walk 1/2mile with some stairs. Both lover and upper Delicate Arch offer you a view of the Delicate Arch. If you have a zoom lens camera, you would be able to grab a good shot! 

5. Double O Arch

Double O Arch in Arches National Park
Double O Arch in Arches National Park
Steep Hike to Double O Arch, Utah
Steep Hike to Double O Arch, Utah
My Sister Having a tough Climb Down
My Sister Having a tough Climb Down

Double O Arch Trail is a 3.9 Mile Hike, and it is located at the end of Arches’s Scenic Drive. The hike up can be a little intense if you are afraid of heights. There are a few steep climbs that you would have to pass through. On the way up, you will be able to catch lots of very scenic and beautiful views of the Rock Formations!

Hiking up to Double O Arch
Hiking up to Double O Arch, Another Steep Climb up!
Hiking to Double O Arch View!
Hiking to Double O Arch View!

It took us almost 3 hours to climb up and down. After that, we were exhausted and tired. The tedious climb was not the main reason for us feeling exhausted. It was the scorching weather which made us feel so drained out and tired.

Do prepare lots of water before the climb as it can be thirsty on the way up. The Arch was just a standard Double O Arch. We felt it was only moderate.

6.  Fiery Furnace, The Windows and Turret Arch, and Sand Dune Arch.

Double Arch, Arches National Park
Double Arch, Arches National Park

These are other famous spots that you can see in Arches National Park if you have the time. Some of these spots require you to Hike for several miles, and the level of difficulty can be high. Do drink lots of water if you intend to Hike up. Click here for more information on these Hiking trails.

Do let me know if I have missed anything out.

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