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A mellow climb up a gravel loop trail leads to three massive, must-see arches.


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Map Key

1.0

Miles

1.6

KM

Loop

5,308' 1,618 m

High

5,175' 1,577 m

Low

162' 49 m

Up

156' 48 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

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Overview

This is a must-do loop if visiting Arches NP. Along the way, you'll revel in the beauty and magnitude of three awesome arches!

Description

This is a rightfully popular trail, visiting three impressive arches and beautiful scenery all in an easy, enjoyable package. From the Windows/Turret Arch parking area head in either direction around this 1 mile loop trail. If you go the clockwise direction the slight incline is spread over more distance and therefore less noticeable. This packed dirt trail is wide and easy to follow.

The North and South Window arches were formed from the same enormous sandstone fin. (From the southwest you can see why these two arches are sometimes also called the Spectacles: the two holes are the eyeglasses lenses and a "nose" of rock pokes out between them.) You can stand directly under the massive North Window Arch an enjoy wide-angle views of the colorful desert to the north and northeast. South Window Arch is raised off the desert floor and appears to sit on a platform. Continue around the leisurely loop trail, using Turret Arch Trail to visit this beguiling formation before arriving back at the parking area.

Late afternoon is thought to be the best time to photograph North and South Windows for the best color. Visit early or late in the day if you're attempting to avoid the crowds at these popular destinations.

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Megan W

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Photos

First Light on Turret Arch Framed by North Window
Mar 9, 2015 near Moab, UT
Standing in the Eye
Mar 8, 2015 near Moab, UT
Enjoying the supermoon in the Windows area
Mar 9, 2015 near Moab, UT
The North and South Windows from the Windows Loop Trail
Mar 9, 2015 near Moab, UT
Sunset on the Windows Loop Trail in Arches National Park
Mar 9, 2015 near Moab, UT
Arches National Park.
Oct 29, 2016 near Moab, UT

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May 11, 2024
Jennifer Orozco
Short loop, could view arches from a distance and save energy for delicate arch or devils garden if only in park for a day 1mi
Mar 30, 2024
J Rai
Mar 6, 2024
Grigoriy Polyanskiy
Nov 5, 2023
Sandra Kirshner
Oct 15, 2023
Elizabeth Tackett
Sep 12, 2023
Michelle Barrett
Great hike
Aug 27, 2023
Jennifer Attock
Jul 23, 2023
Steve Glasenapp
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