By Megan E. Owens

Mesa Arch

State/Province/Region
UT
Country
US
Nearest Area
Hwy 313
Town
Moab
Brief Directions

From Moab, take Hwy 191 north to state road 313 west for approximately 22 miles to the entrance of Canyonlands National Park Island in the Sky District. Travel 6 miles past the visitors center to the trailhead. It will be on your left. The hike from the parking lot to the arch is a mere 500 yards.

Notes

Mesa Arch, located in the Canyonlands Island in the Sky District, is a "must see" for park visitors. I've been told it's a nice visit at sunset, but my preference is sunrise. For a few brief minutes the sun illuminates the interior of the arch and sets it aflame in hues of red and gold. I recommend coming early as this tends to be a popular spot amongst photographers and real estate at the arch is limited. If you're staying in Moab, MAKE A HOTEL RESERVATION or you may find yourself sleeping in the backseat of your car! It's a busy little town and rooms fill up fast. Give yourself about an hour to reach the arch from Moab.

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Date Added
March 16, 2009
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