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    Mesa Arch Trail

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    1.1 km
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    27 m
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    Mesa Arch Trail

    The Mesa Arch trail is a short hike to a stunning sandstone arch on the edge of a 152 m cliff. This hike is busiest at sunrise when the sun peaks above the horizon, illuminating the arch from below. Due to its impressive size and perfect positioning, the Mesa Arch is one of the most photographed arches in Canyonlands National Park

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    Route Description for Mesa Arch Trail

    The hike to Mesa Arch is a family-friendly outing with spectacular views. The trail itself has almost no shade, so be sure to bring good sun protection and lots of water for everyone in your hiking party. This hike is one of the busiest spots in Canyonlands National Park, especially at sunrise.

    This arch is a popular sunrise hike for a reason—the image created by the first rays of sunlight flaring through the opening of Mesa Arch is dazzling to say the least. Peek through the arch to see Washer Woman Arch, Buck Canyon, and the La Sal Mountains in the distance.

    From the Mesa Arch Trailhead, follow the path on the right to head east along the loop for 0.5 km to the Mesa Arch Overlook.

    Set up the camera and watch the sunrise or take a long break at the arch before completing the loop back to the trailhead.

    Mesa Arch

    The Mesa Arch is a pothole arch that spans 15 m and stands above a 152 m cliff.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Is Mesa Arch at sunrise worth it?

    Yes, if you are willing to tolerate the crowds, Mesa Arch at sunrise is definitely worth it.

    Can you walk on Mesa Arch?

    No, you cannot walk or climb on Mesa Arch.

    Insider Hints for Mesa Arch Trail

    • This trail is busiest at sunrise
    • This Mesa Arch trail is rough and uneven—this hike is not accessible to wheelchairs
    • This hike is great for kids, but exercise caution as there are unfenced areas with steep drop offs

    Getting to the Mesa Arch Trail Trailhead

    The Mesa Arch Trailhead is on the east side of Grand View Point Road, 9.8 km south of the Island in the Sky Visitor Center.

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