Landscape Arch In Arches National Park
Landscape Arch is located in the Devils Garden section of Arches National Park.
Head to my previous post here for information on the parking situation which is important. The post also discusses the Pine Tree and Tunnel Arches that you can access via a spur trail while hiking to Landscape Arch. I highly recommend checking them out.
Ok, now back to our featured arch.
Landscape Arch is the longest arch in the park. It is actually the longest arch in North America and the fifth longest natural arch in the world. It measures 306 feet in length, but it’s only 11 feet thick at its center. In 1991 a 60-foot-long slab of rock fell from the bottom of the arch. Arches erode over time causing them to crumble and if you look beneath the arch you can still see remnants of that rock fall today.
This easy, family friendly hike starts at the Devils Trailhead and has hardly any elevation gain. The trail is a total of 1.8 miles out and back. If you want to check out the other two arches I mentioned above to your hike add another 0.5 miles to your trip.
After walking between some very tall and cool looking canyon walls you will follow a hard packed trail to the arch. On your way you will be greeted with spectacular views of the incredible landscape that Arches National Park has to offer. Once you get to the sign for Landscape Arch make a left and you will travel through some rather tall fins while your feet shuffle through some very loose sand.
You have reached your destination. Behold the glory that is Landscape Arch before you (ok that was cheesy as h*ll and I’ve decided I’m still not deleting it).
In 1995 a few more pieces of the arch came tumbling down so now the area is fenced off and you can no longer venture beneath it. Don’t worry though, because there are still multiple spots to take some great pics and a nice selfie or two to post for your family and friends to admire.
Now if you’re feeling spunky and really want a great hiking adventure your journey can continue beyond this point. Multiple other arches can be found along the primitive trail loop including another Arches favorite, Double O Arch. Depending on the destinations you choose 2-5 miles could be added to this hike. Head on over to the NPS website for more info.
We only hiked the trail to Landscape Arch though. One, I was nursing a foot injury. Two, while doing research for the area we watched a few videos of the longer hike and there was one sketchy part Jamey wasn’t thrilled about. Maybe next trip around I will be injury free and Jamey will feel a little more adventurous.
If you have limited time to spend in the park I truly believe you should make Landscape Arch a priority stop after hitting up Delicate Arch and Balanced Rock. You get to see multiple arches as well as a good representation of the landscape of the park as a whole and a easy enjoyable hike to boot.