One of the most visited national parks in the United States, Arches National Park in Utah is a beauty. Home to more than 2,000 natural rock arches, created by millions of years of wind and water erosion, this unique park is a photographer’s and hiker’s dream destination. It’s not the biggest park, but there are numerous Arches National Park attractions to see.
What makes Arches so attractive is its scenic drive that cuts through the heart of the park, passing by basically all major attractions. The park’s entrance lies only five miles from the adventure town of Moab, making it easily accessible for pretty much everyone.
You can see all of the following major Arches National Park attractions in just one day. In fact, spending a day in the park allows you to see much more than just these five highlights. They are the greatest highlights, though, so I recommend focusing on them. All absolutely spectacular, they’re really not to be missed.
5 Greatest Arches National Park Attractions
5. Balanced Rock
A huge boulder that’s as big as three buses, Balanced Rock seems to defy the laws of gravity, sitting on top of a rocky pillar. However, this formation isn’t actually balanced at all, but one solid piece of rock. It’s still one of the main Arches National Park attractions, though. Clearly visible from the road, this is a super-photogenic spot, especially late in the evening or on a clear night.
4. Park Avenue
Park Avenue is basically the first main attraction you’ll see when cruising up the scenic drive. Featuring several giant monoliths and tall rock fins, this is one of the most impressive areas in the entire park. A one-mile trail leads through the formations, giving you a phenomenal perspective of these enormous rock formations.
3. Landscape Arch
With a total span of 290 feet, Landscape Arch is the longest natural arch in the world. Needless to say, it’s one of the most popular Arches National Park attractions. The arch is reached via a short trail that starts at the very end of the park’s main road, a trail that’s part of the Devils Garden Loop, the longest hiking trail in Arches National Park.
2. The Windows
With three huge arches, The Windows is one of the greatest, and most beautiful areas in Arches National Park. An easy and short trail leads to North Window, South Window and Turret Arch, all offering superb views of the La Sal Mountains in the distance. Across the road from The Windows Area, Double Arch is a fourth major attraction in this relatively small area.
1. Delicate Arch
This is one of the most famous natural attractions in the United States. Depicted on the official license plates of Utah, Delicate Arch is an iconic attraction. In fact, it’s without question the greatest of all Arches National Park attractions. You can view this impressive free-standing arch from two distant viewpoint, or hike up to it on a strenuous three-mile out-and-back hiking trail.