Nature & Wildlife in Arches National Park



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  • Balanced Rock
  • Delicate Arch Viewpoint
  • Getting back to nature is one of the reasons you decided to visit Arches, right? Wildlife is also to be found in this remarkable desert environment. We chose our top nature hikes that also reveal some of the best wildlife in Arches, although you'll have to tread lightly and peer close.

    Delicate Arch Trail and its Viewpoint Trail make the cut because, well, this arch is the pinnacle of nature in Arches! This most famous of natural arches symbolizes nature at its wildest best. Drinking in the view can center even the most city-harried visitor looking for a peaceful break. And since Landscape Arch is one of the longest natural arches in the world, it definitely makes the cut. We love the ranger-led Fiery Furnace hike because it showcases some of the best natural things in Arches: the geologic forces that shaped this very special park.

    The Junior Ranger program allows kids to explore nature and wildlife on their own, making those natural discoveries all the sweeter. Anywhere in the Devils Garden Primitive Loop is pretty darn full of nature; keep an eye out for lizards, birds, and tiny mammals who are hardy enough to survive in this harsh and arid land.

    We included the Klondike Bluffs and Tower Arch because since they're a little farther out, they offer a deeper immersion into the solitude of nature that many visitors crave. If you're quiet enough when you hike these trails, you might also glimpse some of the shy local wildlife.

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    Delicate Arch Trail

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    Mostly slickrock trail to world-famous icon Delicate Arch... read more

    Delicate Arch Viewpoint

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    Quick .5 mile walk to viewpoint of famous icon...
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    Landscape Arch

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    Easy, some elevation gain. Possibly the world's longest natural arch. 2 miles roundtrip... read more

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    Fiery Furnace

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    Exciting labyrinth of sandstone. Permit required. Best for over 5 years of age... read more

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    Junior Ranger

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    Kids can learn to become stewards of the land in this innovative program... read more

    Devils Garden Primitive Loop Hike

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    5-mile strenuous loop through and around Devils Garden area. Features 8 arches... read more

    Double O Arch

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    4.2 mile hike. Many small elevation changes, rocky, heights... read more

    Windows area primitive loop hike

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    A pleasant hike around and through the Windows area... read more

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    Klondike Bluffs

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    Mysterious and secluded bluffs in Arches... read more

    Tower Arch

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    2.4 mile hike - remote. Check road conditions first... read more
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