Park Avenue hike in Arches National Park, Moab
Park Avenue hike in Arches National Park, Moab

Park Avenue hike

Moab and Arches National Park
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Park Avenue hike

Distance: 1.9mi
Elevation: 328ft
Time: 1h

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This quick hike runs down a gorgeous narrow canyon, meeting up with the highway at its beginning and end. Wonderful views of desert towers and sheer sandstone cliffs fill the scenery.

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Getting there

From Moab drive north along the 191, crossing the Colorado River until you reach the signposted turn towards Arches National Park. Pay your dues at the park entrance, then drive along the Arches Scenic Drive for 2.2mi. The trailhead will be on your left, with ample parking for the hike.

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When to do

Year Round

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

No

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Moderate to High

Route Type

One Way


Park Avenue
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Route Description for Park Avenue

Begin at the trailhead and continue towards the obvious viewpoint. From here you see exactly where the hike will take you, down the narrow cliff-lined valley towards the parkway at the opposite end. You will quickly lose elevation as you continue along the well-maintained trail. In fact there are even little steps added to the steeper sections to make them easier on the knees.

As you reach the bottom of the valley you will feel much more isolated than you actually are, as the parking lot is completely hidden from view. The trail continues, trending downwards through the canyon. Towards the end of the hike you will be able to see the Three Gossips tower on your left, and past that the Sheep Rock. These stunning monuments of nature are jaw dropping, and impose a powerful feeling of insignificance on you and your fellow hikers.

Past the halfway point of the trail a slick-rock section begins. It’s hard to follow the exact trail at times, however cairns help enough to significantly reduce the potential for any major issue. The trail ends at the courthouse viewpoint. Return the way you came.

If you want to find other great hikes around Moab and Arches National Park, check out the Delicate Arch Hike, Double Arch Hike or the Dead Horse Point Hike.

Insider Hints

  • Beware! The canyon can easily act as a fierce wind tunnel. Pack a rain jacket or puffy coat as well as a hat to keep the howling wind at bay.

  • If you have two vehicles and want to reduce the difficulty of the hike, park one vehicle at the Courthouse Viewpoint. This would reduce the elevation gain to zero, and the grade of the hike to a 1/5.

Comments

ShantiLewis 1 year ago

The views and rock formations are stunning.

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Kendra Fair 1 year ago

Quick hike with a nice view of the canyon. Marvelous scenery of the desert towers.

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Sammy L. 1 year ago

It was an easy hike. I visited it a year ago and took about one hour and a half

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brandonlong 2 years ago

It was unbelievable! The creator of this paradise must be a great architect as well.

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benhilton 2 years ago

Marvelous desert towers! It felt like an entrace to some enchanted castle in the middle of desert.

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Adriana K. 2 years ago

The landscapes were mind-blowing! It's like a castle in the desert!

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Isaiah L. 2 years ago

The trail is pretty easy, mostly flat, but quite impressive.

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Mariah D. 2 years ago

The sheer sandstone cliffs look mesmerizing. It was so worth doing! Gorgeous canyon views too.

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Jarvie P. 2 years ago

Spectacular views and trails. I was truly fascinated by the views of the valley. This hike features lovely desert towers and cliffs.

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Willy G. 2 years ago

It was one of the most anticipated hikes that we have done, and we were not disappointed at all. It's not as crowded as my friends have mentioned.

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