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Windows Loop

Easy/Intermediate
 4.2 (80) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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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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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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Jun 19, 2021
Brittany Nicole
May 29, 2021
Kevin Heiman
May 25, 2021
Ainsley Droege
0.9mi — 0h 42m
May 21, 2021
Leah Walsh
1mi — 0h 45m
May 18, 2021
Lloyd Rappe
May 17, 2021
Whitney Corrine
May 17, 2021
Bree Couture
My husband and I were one of the few people who did the whole loop, which made the end of the trail nice and peaceful.
May 13, 2021
Jeri Mahoney
Sunset hike