Double Arch Trail
ElevationAscent: 31' 9 m
Descent: -31' -9 m
High: 5,156' 1,572 m
Low: 5,125' 1,562 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)
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“Truly a great 'bang-for-the-buck' trail, it visits two giant arch spans joined at one end.”— Megan W
Family Friendly A short, flat out and back to some stunning geology that's easily done with the whole clan!
Geologists believe this marvelous span began as a pothole of water on the surface overhead. The collected water broke down the rock, forming an alcove, which eventually created both arches. Nice job Mother Nature! On your return to the trailhead, look along the west side of this route for the large formation called Parade of Elephants- recognizable with some imagination and the right viewing angle (line of elephants holding each others tails with small well-placed holes).
This is such an easy, quick approach that you're likely to have to share this special spot with others unless you visit early or late in the day. Early morning is thought to be the best time to photograph Double Arch for the best color. Note: bikes are not allowed on this trail.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Arches National Park