One of the first major attractions within Arches National Park. Beautiful sandstone walls. Amazing textures, shapes, and colors of the rock formations. Duration: 30 to 60 minutes.

From the Park Avenue Trail parking area, you can walk up towards the lookout and admire the beauty, or you can hike down the steep path towards the canyon. The trail takes you down the wash to Courthouse Towers. You can either hike round trip to Courthouse Towers and back, or have someone drop you off at Park Avenue Trail and be picked up by the other end.

The trailhead is located on the Arches Entrance Road, 2.5 miles north of the visitors’ center, on the north side of the road. From the parking lot, follow the paved walkway 320 feet to the trail leading down to the Avenue.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Hiking boots
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RT Distance 1.8 Miles
Elevation Gain 298 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Scenic

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Beautiful, Short Hike with Amazing Views

A great hike for all ages. The trail is accessible and gives you a great taste of Arches National Park if you are short on time. Very hot in Summer so start early or go late.

Great for sunrise or sunset

Great little trail as an out and back. This is very popular with the tour buses. They leave their group on one end and wait for them on the other. Can be crowded.

Interesting hike

I thought this was a cool, easy hike to do that takes you through some fascinating monument-like structures. Word of warning, however: if you hike it in the middle of the day during July the 2 miles feel like 8, so bring a hat and plenty of water.


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