Expert Travel Advice to Arches National Park
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traveler asked:Answer this1 AnswerLacy answered: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.
While temps in this part of the Southwest can dip below zero, it's relatively uncommon for big dumps of snow to blanket the lower elevations. That said, even a small flurry can make some roads impassable and trails treacherous. Best bet, I think, is to check with the park on the day of your visit or a few days beforehand to see what conditions on the ground look like. You should be fine on most of the trails, but don't hit the more precipitous ones if conditions underfoot seem icy. Winter daytime temperatures are generally comfortable, but at night, it often drops below freezing. Plan ahead, but I'd think you'll be fine for a dayhike (bring layers!).
Hope this tour was sensational. For future reference: Big Horn Express is a van that departs daily from the Salt Lake City Airport to deposit folks at the Moab Ramada Inn. Also, there is a train stop in Green River Utah. Passengers can arrange a shuttle from Green River to Moab 52 Miles apart. Enterprise Car Rental operates in Moab as of 2010.