This easy family-friendly hike visits the iconic Double Arch in Arches National Park. At just one half-mile round trip and with almost no elevation change this hike is perfect for children and adults of all skill levels. For those with more time or energy to burn there are several other hikes nearby such as The Windows Trail on the opposite side of the parking area.


The Double Arch Trail begins at the end of The Windows Road in Arches National Park (38.688181,-109.538525). To reach the trailhead from Moab, Utah:

  1. Drive north on Highway 191 for approximately 4.0 miles to the entrance of Arches National Park.
  2. Turn right onto Arches Scenic Drive and drive 9.1 miles to the turnoff for The Windows Road on the right.
  3. Turn right onto The Windows Road and drive 2.6 miles to the Double Arch parking area at the end of the road.

There is a $25 per vehicle fee to enter Arches National Park.

The Hike

Begin hiking on the Double Arch trail, heading north from the parking area. The trail is well constructed and easy to follow. As you hike toward Double Arch, take notice of the numerous other small arches and openings in the rocks around the arch. Immediately west (left) of the trail is a formation known as The Parade of Elephants, a series of small arches and towers that resemble a herd of elephants.

After one quarter of a mile, the trail ends at Double Arch. The view looking up at the dual spans is captivating. The taller of the two spans is the highest in Arches National Park at 112 feet. For a different perspective, climb up onto the rocks directly under the arches. When finished exploring, return the way you came.

Rules & Regulations

  • $25 per vehicle fee required to enter Arches National Park. (Annual and regional passes are available.)
  • No dogs allowed.
  • Pack out all trash.

Special Considerations

This area can be extremely hot during spring, summer and fall. Carry plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing.


This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.