Pine Tree Arch And Tunnel Arch Trail At Arches National Park
Pine Tree Arch And Tunnel Arch can be found in the Devils Garden section of Arches National Park.
The Devils Garden trailhead is located at the very end of the scenic drive road of the park. This is an extremely popular hiking area and it’s large parking lot becomes full quite quickly. On our first day in the park we visited Balanced Rock and hiked Delicate Arch then headed to the garden. We got to Devils Garden at around 10:30 am and spent 3 passes and 30 minutes driving the parking lot trying to get a spot before we gave up.
When it’s that busy you just have to have one of those right places right time kinda situations. I mean your driving around in your car just hoping someone leaves at the exact moment you are slowly creeping by. On our second day we went there first and arrived at 6:30 am. There were only 6 cars in the lot. When we walked out at 7:30 am there seemed like there were 100 cars in the lot and by 8 am I’m sure it was full.
On our hike out to Landscape Arch (past the other two arches) we only saw two other people. On our way back to the truck we passed so, so many people. We prefer hiking trails with as much solitude as possible. It’s the main reason we are at most parks by 7 am and leave by noon. One of the benefits of being full-time is we can go back as many days as we want so no rushing and no crowds.
So that’s just a heads up if you want to do any of the hikes in this section. Early morning or late afternoon are probably your best bets to hike the trails unless you’re feeling lucky. Also you should know it takes about 35 minutes just to drive to Devils Garden from the parks entrance.
So now let’s talk about these arches already! On your way to Landscape Arch you will pass a spur trail that leads to a couple smaller arches known as Pine Tree Arch And Tunnel Arch.
Tunnel Arch is the first one you will come to located on another short spur trail. This arch is a thick fin of sandstone with a big, tunnel-like hole in the middle. To it’s left you will see another much smaller tunnel-looking arch.
Continue down the trail until you reach the large Pine Tree Arch. You are able to walk right through this baby and check out the incredible views on the other side. There’s not a ton of arches in the park you can do this with so it makes this beauty extra special.
This easy and family friendly hike has nearly no elevation gain just a couple gentle up and down hills. It’s only 1.2 miles roundtrip for these two arches. If you want to see Landscape Arch (the largest arch in the park) which is on the same trail you only have to add 1.1 more miles of really easy trail to that distance.
I recommend seeing all three arches in this area. The hike is easy, the views are incredible and the arches are cool.
Man this post is long considering I just wanted to talk about a couple of smaller arches in the park I couldn’t find much info on. I know I threw a lot of info at ya in the beginning, but when I do my post about Landscape Arch next I’ll have all the basics covered!