This is one of our new favorite hikes in the Moab area. This trail features several of the parks most spectacular arches, including Landscape Arch and Double O Arch, as well as Navajo Arch and Partition Arch.
The first 0.9 miles of the hike is certainly the easiest, and definitely family friendly. The flat, dirt trail leads you through the desert landscape right up to Landscape Arch. This incredible arch spans over 300 feet across the sky, making it the longest arch in the park. We were in absolute awe taking in the sight of this arch. It truly looks as though it is defying gravity. Back it 2008, though, a large chunk of this arch collapsed, leaving huge boulders scattered beneath it. While fences keep you from approaching these, you can easily see where the arch broke. Let’s hope it doesn’t collapse anymore anytime soon.
As much as we loved Landscape Arch, we had a blast trekking our way towards Double O Arch. This section of the trail, while not in any sense technical, leads you up and down rock spines over the sandy desert, providing you with breathtaking views of the picturesque landscape. As you make your way down the trail, be sure to pay attention to the signage. They will direct you to some amazing overlooks, as well as Navajo Arch and Partition Arch.
After just over two miles of hiking, we made it to Double O Arch, the last arch found on this trail. And I have to say, this is one of my new favorite spots in Arches. These two arches, appropriately named for their shape, lie one on top of the other. The smaller of the two, which lies on the bottom, can easily be clambered through. We had a ton of fun climbing through the bottom one, and exploring what lies behind.
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Trail Length: 4.2 miles there and back
Time: 2 to 4 hours