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Park Avenue Trail

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 3.9 (24) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A trip through this spectacular canyon is a treat - do the sandstone towers remind you of Manhattan?


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0.9

Miles

1.5

KM

Point to Point

4,547' 1,386 m

High

4,239' 1,292 m

Low

5' 2 m

Up

311' 95 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

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Family Friendly This is a short point-to-point or out-and-back that gives the family a taste of what's to come at Arches NP!

Overview

Either arrange a pickup at the northern parking lot, or simply do an out-and-back. Either way, this trail is sure to captivate new arrivals to the park.

Description

The Park Avenue Trail is usually traveled as an out-and-back, but can also be done without retracing your steps if you arrange for a pickup, or have a car left at one end, or trade keys with a friend in the middle. The path can be traveled in either direction, but most folks seem to leave from the south and head north.

From the southern trailhead, follow the paved beginning of this trail to the end of the Park Avenue overlook. From here, step down the stone stairs onto the dirt trail in the mouth of this unique canyon. The remainder of the trail is a gentle, enjoyable descent along the canyon bottom. Towards the end, the trail peters out as it crosses sandstone slabs, but you won't lose your way - it's marked by rock pile cairns.

The named formations are: Courthouse Towers, Queen Nefertiti, Queen Victoria Rock, Tower of Babel, The Three Gossips, and the Organ. A beautiful trip any time of the day, enjoy the sunlight/shadows on the enormous sandstone walls. Late afternoon is thought to be the best time to photograph Park Avenue, Garden of Eden and the Courthouse Towers for the best color. Early morning is best for photographing The Three Gossips. Note: bikes are not allowed on this trail.

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  3.9 from 24 votes

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Photos

Arches National Park.
Oct 31, 2016 near Moab, UT
Arches National Park, Park Avenue.
Jun 3, 2016 near Moab, UT
Park Avenue on a winter's night
Mar 8, 2015 near Moab, UT
Three Gossips (R), Sheep Rock (C), and Courthouse Tower (L).
May 1, 2017 near Moab, UT
The Three Gossips.
May 1, 2017 near Moab, UT
Park Ave in B&W
Aug 8, 2017 near Moab, UT

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Jul 12, 2021
Kenneth Martin
Jul 8, 2021
Private User
Jul 3, 2021
Mandy H
May 25, 2021
Ainsley Droege
2mi — 0h 54m
May 24, 2021
Will McAllister
From Courthouse Towers Lot — 0h 38m
May 11, 2021
Kevin Faragher
Moving quickly did in 20 min, most of climb was the last 100 feet. Started at Courthouse viewing area. Would be much easier starting at Park Ave
May 9, 2021
Jeri Mahoney
First hike in the park
May 2, 2021
Breck Tuttle