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I am planning on hiking in Arches NP in the near future.

What hiking trails are the top 3 or 4 to hike in the park.
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It depends on how much time you have and how difficult of a climb you'd like. The Delicate Arch trail is one of the most famous. It is about 3 miles round trip and should take you 2-3 hours. The Park Avenue and Tower Arch trails are a bit easier and should only take you about an hour. If you just want to see Delicate Arch, the Delicate Arch Viewpoint trail takes you right up to it and only take about 15 minutes to complete. Windows Loop trail is a great introduction to the park, it's paved the entire way. The park's website has some good suggestions as well. Here are their picks for the 4 most-see trails:

•Hike the Windows loop trail and get an up-close view of the North and South Windows and Turret Arch. Then take the short trail between parking areas and hike up to Double Arch. Drive back to Balanced Rock and take the loop trail around its base. Contemplate its precarious position as you walk beneath it.
•Take the Delicate Arch Trail from Wolfe Ranch up the sloping slickrock to stand under the best known arch in the world. (During hot months, do this hike early or late in the day.)
•Hike between the tall sandstone fins in the Devils Garden to see Landscape Arch, perhaps the world’s longest. How long will this thin span resist the forces of gravity
•Walk to Sand Dune Arch, across the grassy field and onward to Broken Arch. Continue around the loop, through the end of the campground, and return. Enjoy the vista toward the distant Book Cliffs, the beautiful Tapestry Arch and the sandstone fins.
  • Lacy
     answered this on May 03, 2012 at 11:40 AM
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