Mesa Arch Trail at Canyonlands National Park

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Difficulty
easy
Distance
1.1 km
Duration
0:30h
Ascent
33 m
Descent
33 m
Loop Scenic Family friendly Geological highlights
The short loop leads us to the Mesa Arch, a narrow rock arch right on the edge of a steep cliff, where we enjoy a magnificent panorama.
We reach Mesa Arch on a predominantly sandy, partly rocky road through an almost desert-like landscape. The view through the arch, located on an exposed and rocky cliff is overwhelming. The panorama stretches from the rock towers Washer Woman Tower, Monster Tower and Airport Tower to the Colorado River across and the, sometimes snowy La Sal Mountains, in the distance.

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The Mesa Arch is particularly impressive at sunrise. The rising sun shines through the rock arch and turns it beautifuly bright red.
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Highest point
1891 m
Lowest point
1871 m
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Safety information

The Mesa Arch is located on a steep cliff. There are no barriers here. Take children by the hand.

Tips, hints and links

Start

Mesa Arch Car Park (1876 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
38.389182, -109.868093
UTM
12S 598852 4249603

Destination

Mesa Arch Car Park

Turn-by-turn directions

We find the trailhead at the car park and follow the signs towards Mesa Arch. At in intersection just past the parking lot, we can either turn right or left, both ways take us to the arch, which we will reach after about 10 to 15 minutes. After we enjoy the view, we can chose either way to get back to the parking lot within another 15 minutes.

Getting there

At Canyonlands National Park, take Grand View Point Road southbound to the signposted parking lot of the Mesa Arch Trail at the roadside.

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Author
Hartmut Wimmer 
Updated: January 06, 2016

Travel Guide: Hikes in Utah


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