5 Family Friendly Things to See and Do in Arches

5 Family Friendly Things to See and Do in Arches

Delicate Arch || Arches National Park || Dirt In My Shoes

Arches National Park contains over 2,000 cataloged natural arches, making it the world’s largest collection!  Some of these are very small, but some are massive and will take your breath away.  I personally like to visit Arches at least once a year or so, just because it is one of those places that always fills me with wonder and amazement.

For more information about each hike, including a printable list, driving directions, and things you need to know, click here!

1.  The Windows

Arches National Park || The Windows || Dirt In My Shoes

The Windows is a fun area to hike because you get to see three arches along one little jaunt (this includes Turret Arch which is located on a short spur trail off the main loop).

The trail is 1 mile round trip.

2.  Double Arch

Arches National Park || Double Arch || Dirt In My Shoes

Double Arch is among the best that Arches has to offer.  It is a stunning display of the erosive handiwork that formed the park, and it helps you to appreciate the forces that shaped the landscape.

This trail is 0.5 miles round trip.

3.  Landscape Arch

Arches National Park || Landscape Arch || Dirt In My Shoes

Visit Landscape Arch, the longest arch in the park.  Staring at it makes you wonder how long it will hold up, especially in those extremely narrow-looking sections!

The trail to Landscape Arch is 1.6 miles round trip.

4.  Park Avenue

Arches National Park || Park Avenue || Dirt In My Shoes

You won’t actually see any arches along this trail, but you descend into a gorgeous canyon with sheer towers of rock in every direction.

This hike is 2 miles round trip, but can be made shorter by parking a shuttle car at the Courthouse Towers Viewpoint if you want the option.

5.  Delicate Arch

Arches || Delicate Arch || Dirt In My Shoes


This hike may be the highlight of your tour of the Utah National Parks.  It is spectacular!

The trail to Delicate Arch is 3 miles round trip.


Which arch do you want to visit first?

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Hi! I'm Ash and I blog over at Dirt In My Shoes. I'm a former park ranger and busy stay at home mom who doesn't believe that life has to end when you have kids. I love hiking, camping, and exploring with my little family and teaching my son to appreciate the great outdoors. Let me help you plan your next adventure and don't be afraid to get a little dirt in your shoes!

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