Best of Arches National Park
Balanced Rock: An unbelievable spire-upon-spire balancing act rising 128 feet from the desert, Balanced Rock is sure to give your camera a warm-up.
Windows Section: Some of the park’s largest arches are here, plus some of its largest crowds. But you have to go: Make it past the first arch and the crowds thin.
Delicate Arch Trail: Perhaps the most dramatic of all the arches, Delicate Arch is beautiful from a distance (from the easily reached viewpoint) but mystical when seen close-up, with canyons and mountains in the distance, after a tough three-mile round-trip hike. If you’re not up to the hike, at least follow the trail across the Salt Wash footbridge and turn left to find a striking but often-overlooked rock art panel, carved by Ute artists about 400 years ago.
Fiery Furnace Trail: To reach this unusual wonderland of rock mazes, fins, and turrets, hikers must join a ranger-led tour before exploring these flaming red rocks.
Devils Garden Loop: This 7.2-mile loop trail, leading to eight named arches and through a landscape of bizarre rock fins, is the park’s best day hiking destination.
© W.C. McRae and Judy Jewell from Moon Utah, 9th Edition