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    Ring Arch Trail

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    5.3 km
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    61 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Ring Arch Trail is a beautiful, adventurous hike that the whole family can enjoy. This trail sees little traffic and is a great way to get away from the crowds in Arches National Park. This trail is not well marked, so some route-finding is required.

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    Route Description for Ring Arch Trail

    The Ring Arch Trail is a great little hike in Arches National Park that is off the beaten path. This trail is not maintained and the path itself can be unclear at times but this hike is very doable if you have a good sense of direction (or a map). The hike leads to a beautiful, delicate sandstone arch formation that is not often visited by hikers. If you are looking for some peace and solitude away from the crowds of the main Park attractions, this is the perfect trail for you.

    From the parking area follow the path as it heads west. Pick your way along the trail for 1.1 km to the Courthouse Wash. Cross over the creek and look for Ring Arch rising in the distance. Continue west for another mile to Ring Arch itself.

    At Ring Arch, take a rest and admire this beautiful pothole arch of Entrada sandstone before turning around and following your footsteps back to the parking area.

    Getting to the Ring Arch Trail Trailhead

    From the Visitor Center off of highway 191, follow Main Park Road for 8.0 km. Park at the pullout parking lot on the west side of the road across from the Lower Courthouse Trail Trailhead.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground


    • When to do

      February to November

    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly


    • Route Signage


    • Crowd Levels


    • Route Type

      Out and back

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