Arches National Park Fall Hikes

Arches National Park is a fantastic location for fall hiking. With its red-rock canyons and towering sandstone formations, you’ll find amazing Arches National Park fall hikes to explore this scenic park!

This Arches National Park travel guide will detail the best fall hiking trails, tips for fall hiking, what to pack, where to stay, and more!

Arches National Park Fall Hikes

Hiking in the fall at Arches is a terrific time of year for exploring the trails. It’s considered the busy season so be prepared for crowds.

It’s important to stay hydrated, use sun protection, and get the latest weather information before hitting the trails at Arches during the fall months!

We’ve made it easy for you to plan your Arches National Park fall activities and fall hikes with these done-for-you itineraries:

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A Photo Tour of Arches National Park

Take a visual tour through Arches National Park to see the stunning landscapes you’ll see when you visit!

Visiting Arches National Park in the Fall

When planning your fall vacation be sure you know what Arches National Park weather to expect during the time of your visit.

You’ll need an Arches Timed Entry ticket through the end of October to enter the park from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. If can can’t get a ticket, you can still visit the park by going in before 6 a.m. or after 5 p.m. Those are the best times to enjoy sunrise at Arches and avoid the crowds anyway!

Tips for Fall Hiking at Arches National Park

One of the best Arches National Park activities is hiking. It’s important to be prepared with the right clothing and gear for fall hikes at Arches!

Fall Clothing for Hiking

Early fall will still be hot and dry. Late fall you’ll enjoy moderate temperatures. The mornings and evenings will be cold!

Fall Hiking Gear

Here’s the fall hiking gear we recommend:

fall hiking gear

Arches National Park Fall Hikes

Here are the best hikes in Arches National Park we recommend for fall hiking to see the incredible landscapes at this park!

There is not much shade at Arches National Park, so it’s best to hit the trails in the early morning or later in the day when the temperatures aren’t as hot in early fall, and the sun isn’t as intense!

Late fall you can hike during the day to enjoy the moderate temperatures!

We’ve ordered the fall hikes below based on location along the Arches Scenic Drive heading into the park from the Visitor Center.

Park Avenue at Arches NP
Park Avenue

Park Avenue Fall Hike

  • Trailhead & Parking Area: Park Avenue Trailhead
  • Distance: 2 mile roundtrip
  • Elevation Gain: 187 feet
  • Difficulty Level: Easy

Park Avenue is the first parking lot on the left as you drive along the Arches National Park scenic drive from the Visitor Center. The trail follows the bottom of a canyon below some of the park’s gigantic and well-known monoliths.

The Park Avenue Trail is a one-way trail if you have two cars or a shuttle vehicle. The trail is a little over one mile taking you from the Park Avenue trailhead to the Courthouse Towers parking lot. This is where you would leave your second vehicle or have someone that doesn’t want to hike pick you up.

If that’s not an option, just head back the way you came through the towering sandstone for a nice 2 mile round-trip adventure.

The latter part of the hiking trail has good views of the famous Arches landmarks: The Organ, Tower of Babel and the Three Gossips.

Balanced Rock at sunset
Balanced Rock at sunset

Balanced Rock Fall Hike

  • Trailhead & Parking Area: Balanced Rock Trailhead
  • Distance: 0.3 mile roundtrip
  • Elevation Gain: 45 feet
  • Difficulty Level: Easy

As you continue along the scenic drive, you’ll come to Balanced Rock. We think it’s worth the time to walk along the trail around the base of Balanced Rock. Take note how the stone structure looks different as you walk around it. It’s an easy, short loop hike that takes you close to and around the Balanced Rock.

Balanced Rock is a terrific spot for watching and photographing the sunset at Arches National Park!

Windows area hiking trail at Arches
Windows Area

The Windows Section Fall Hikes

  • Trailhead & Parking Area: The Windows Trailhead
  • Distance: 1 mile roundtrip
  • Elevation Gain: 187 feet
  • Difficulty Level: Easy

The Windows Section of Arches National Park is a cool area with a lot to see. The Windows Trail loop is under 2 miles. You’ll see these two features along the loop hike: North and South Windows and Turret Arch.

From the viewpoint of South Window, there’s a primitive loop trail to see the back side of North and South Window. This trail ends at the parking lot about 50 yards north of the main trailhead.

This is also a terrific area for stargazing or taking Milky Way photos to enjoy the amazing star-filled nights at Arches!

Double Arch at Arches NP
Double Arch

Double Arch Fall Hike

  • Trailhead & Parking Area: Double Arch Trailhead
  • Distance: 0.5 mile roundtrip
  • Elevation Gain: 32 feet
  • Difficulty Level: Easy

On the other side of the Windows parking area is the Double Arch trail. It’s easy and super short. You can see it from the parking lot, but you’ll definitely want to get up close to this one.

Double Arch features two giant arches right next to each other! You can scramble up the rocks here, but remember that climbing up is easier than climbing back down.

Delicate Arch in the summer
Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch Fall Hike

  • Trailhead & Parking Area: Wolfe Ranch
  • Distance: 3 miles roundtrip
  • Elevation Gain: 610 feet
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate

Since Delicate Arch trail is one of the best hikes in Arches National Park, you might consider doing this hike in the morning. That way, the strenuous steep sections on slickrock is done in the cooler temperatures.

But Delicate Arch is most popular to see and photograph at sunset, so if that’s your plan, be sure to give yourself plenty of time to get there since you’ll be hiking in the heat of day!

Lower Delicate Arch Viewpoint
Lower Delicate Arch Viewpoint

Lower Delicate Arch Viewpoint Fall Hike

If you want to see Delicate Arch, but can’t do the hike that takes you right to the arch, check out the Lower Delicate Arch Viewpoint. The viewpoint is about 100 yards from the lower viewpoint parking lot where you can see the arch about a mile away.

You can access the Upper Viewpoint Trail from this same location. It’s a short .5 mile hike with a few stairs to climb that will get you a little closer to the arch.

You can’t get all the way to Delicate Arch from hereBut it does provide a slightly less obstructed view from what you see at the Lower Viewpoint.

Sand Dune Arch
Sand Dune Arch

Sand Dune Arch and Broken Arch Fall Hikes

  • Trailhead & Parking Area: Sand Dune Arch
  • Distance: 2 miles roundtrip
  • Elevation Gain: 226 feet
  • Difficulty Level: Easy

The Sand Dune Arch trail is a spur off the Broken Arch trail. It’s a fun and unique hike because the arch is located in an ‘almost’ slot canyon.

If you’re visiting Arches National Park with kids, Sand Dune Arch sits in the shade for most of the day so it’s a great hike to take a break and let the kids play in the cool sand!

Broken Arch back side
Broken Arch back side

The Broken Arch trail continues past the Sand Dune Trail. This trail often gets bypassed, but it’s an easy, flat hike and you won’t encounter many people on it.

After reaching Broken Arch, you can climb up a slickrock section to continue through the arch. It’s a nice view looking back through the from there.

You can also hike to Tapestry Arch and the Devil’s Garden campground from here.

Skyline Arch
Skyline Arch

Skyline Arch Fall Hike

  • Trailhead & Parking Area: Skyline Arch
  • Distance: 0.4 mile roundtrip
  • Elevation Gain: 28 feet
  • Difficulty Level: Easy

Skyline Arch sits high atop rocks in the Devils Garden area and can be seen from the scenic drive. Most people stop at the pullout, take a picture, then drive on.

We recommend the short hike to get a good view of the arch! You can also drive to the Devil’s Campground amphitheater and take the paved path to see Skyline Arch from the other side.

Landscape Arch
Landscape Arch

Landscape Arch Fall Hike

  • Trailhead & Parking Area: Devil’s Garden Trailhead
  • Distance: 1.9 miles roundtrip
  • Elevation Gain: 40 feet
  • Difficulty Level: Easy

Landscape Arch is the longest arch in North America at 306 feet! It’s a popular point of interest along the Devil’s Garden Trail. Many people will hike to the arch and back.

We recommend you also take the two short and easy spur trails near the beginning of the hike to visit Tunnel Arch and Pine Tree Arch.

Devil's Garden Trail rock formations
Devil’s Garden Trail rock formations

Devil’s Garden Fall Hike

  • Trailhead & Parking Area: Devil’s Garden Trailhead
  • Distance: varies
  • Elevation Gain: varies
  • Difficulty Level: Moderate to Strenuous

Along the full Devil’s Garden Trail you’ll see arches, spires, and fins (narrow rock walls). Most of this trail is exposed to the sun so be sure to start early since it’s a popular location and the parking lot fills fast!

There are a variety of points of interest along the Devil’s Garden trail:

Devil’s Garden Trail Points of InterestDistance
Landscape Arch and back1.9 miles
Side trails to Pine Tree & Tunnel Archesadd 0.5 miles
Double O Arch and back4.1 miles
Side trails to Navajo & Partition Archesadd 0.8 miles
Dark Angel and back via main trail4.9 miles
Dark Angel + Primitive Trail6.6 miles
Total: all trails & spur trails7.9 miles
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