Skyline Arch Trail
The Skyline Arch trail is an easy out-and-back route right beside the Devils Garden Campground. This hike is a great place to bring the kids for a short romp in the desert. This arch is a popular destination for photographers looking to capture breathtaking shots of Arches National Park.
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Route Description for Skyline Arch Trail
The Skyline Arch Trail is a short, easy hike that is a great way to get out in nature with the whole family. This trail is short and well maintained, but it is not wheelchair accessible. However, if you want to see Skyline Arch and require a wheelchair-friendly path, the arch can be viewed from the amphitheater at the Devils Garden Campground. The path to the amphitheater is paved and wheelchair and stroller-friendly. Although the Skyline Arch trail is relatively easy, there are not many places to rest in the shade along this route—make sure you bring along good sun protection and lots of water for you and your family.
Skyline Arch itself is one of the most photogenic formations in Arches National Park. For an especially spectacular view of the arch, try this hike at sunset to capture the orange glow of the Entrada sandstone against the desert sky as the sun dips below the horizon.
From the Skyline Arch Trailhead, follow the well-defined path north for 0.3 km to the arch. At the arch, note the large pile of rubble at the base—this is from a huge chunk of rock that fell from the arch in the 1940s.
When you are done exploring and playing around the Skyline Arch, simply follow the same path back to the trailhead and parking area.
The Skyline Arch is an impressive sandstone structure with an opening spanning 22 m. The opening of this arch roughly doubled in size in 1940 when a massive boulder broke off of the arch. Check out the before and after photos of this event at the trailhead, and see if you can spot the remnants of this erosion event at the base of the arch itself.
Insider Hints for Skyline Arch Trail
- In the winter we recommend using traction devices as this trail can get frosty and slippery
- Head out on this trail at sunset for arresting views of this incredible arch
- This arch can also be seen from the amphitheater at the Devils Garden Campground
- Keep an eye out for wildlife! Mule deer are often seen grazing in this area—never feed wildlife and give them lots of space
- This trail is relatively easy and great option for families with young children
Getting to the Skyline Arch Trail Trailhead
The Skyline Arch Trail begins just off of Main Park Road, 27.4 km up from the Arches Visitor Center on highway 191.
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