Skyline Arch At Arches National Park
Skyline Arch is a popular family friendly hike located within Arches National Park.
This easy hike only has around 50 feet of elevation gain. The trail starts with a short, rocky slope and then it’s relatively flat till it reaches the base of a sandstone fin that houses the large elevated natural arch known as Skyline. The parking lot for the trail is located right off the scenic drive in the park about a half a mile from the end of the road at Devils Garden.
Skyline Arch use to be much smaller, but in 1940 a large block of sandstone fell from the arch practically doubling it’s size. Currently, the arch measures 71 feet across and 33.5 feet tall. Once you reach the arch take a peak behind it’s walls and you can still see the boulders from the collapse.
The hike is so short you can literally see the arch from the road. It’s a short and easy stop that shouldn’t be missed while visiting the park. Even though you can view it from your car I suggest walking the trail so you can appreciate just how massive this beauty is up close and personal. Thirty minutes of your time will give you an opportunity to see a cool arch and the views on the way are pretty great themselves.