Double Arch
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Double arch is an easy, short walk from parking lot.
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austinfamilyof4
Austin861 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This arch is very cool, but it is an absolute zoo of people to see. Because it is visible from the road and a short walk over essentially a paved path, it's very popular (as are the nearby Double Window Arches and the Turret Arch). If you are able to, skip this and hike to some of the more remote arches and avoid the families with wagons full of kids slogging along the path.
Written 28 March 2020
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BruinDan
Fullerton, CA3,168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
This short (0.5 mi/0.8 km) out-and-back trail features one of the most impressive formations in Arches National Park, the famous “Double Arch.” To reach the trailhead, take the Windows Road off the main Arches Scenic Drive (the turnoff is near Balanced Rock) to the end of the road, which takes you directly into the parking area for the Windows Loop Trail. You can either park there or continue a little further to the parking area right in front of the Double Arch trailhead.

A flat, sandy trail leads to the base of this stunning twin arch formation. NOTE that because the trail is so easy and the view so excellent, the trail (and the parking area) can become quite crowed. There are vault toilets up the stairs from the trailhead adjacent to the parking lot for the Windows Loop Trail. Also NOTE that early morning is considered the best time to photograph the Double Arch. It’s one of the highlights in Arches National Park and should not be missed.
Written 20 October 2020
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Mona Lisha
117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
The Double Arch is unreal. It is massive and breathtaking, especially with the clear blue sky in the windows of the arches. You can climb directly into the lower arch if you are brave enough (there is a sheer drop on the other side!) The hike up to the arch is easy, then once you get to the arch you can do some rock scrambling to go higher. In the middle of the day (noon-ish) there were a lot of people around and it was crowded. It was also very hot as the heat reflected off the stone. You will definitely need a hat and sunglasses when making the short hike from the parking lot to the arch. Nonetheless, it is an impressive site to see!
Written 30 October 2020
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rhundt67
Milwaukee, WI386 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2021
A favorite in Arches NP - if you are able to get a parking spot, keep it and hike it. On one side is the amazing Double Arches and on the other the Windows and Turret Arch. Keep hydrated and wear proper shoes! There are restrooms near the parking area as needed. The Double Arch is one of the most spectacular works of nature that I've ever seen. You can climb up higher into the Arch, if you wish, but I opted to sit in the shade for a tad since it was "spicy" out, as my kid would say.
Written 4 July 2021
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DannyWasserman
Virginia Beach, VA4,498 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
We felt this area of Arches National Park was the most special. They call this the Windows area and there are plenty of windows of large and small windows that show the various arches. The double arch is so surreal and you get to walk right up to it and actually climb in it.
Written 2 December 2021
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,818 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
This is one of the miracle Must See Arches within the park. This formation is so unique with multiple arches and it is made for pictures. It is a short walk from the Windows so one stop in the parking lot can net you two of the best sights in the park. I will say Double Arch is better and more amazing, but you need to see the Windows. It is truly great that they are right next to each and easily seen from one parking space. Additionally the parking lot between the two attractions has a restroom that was also a big hit with our group. Be sure to make time to see this amazing Arch and you will be rewarded.
Written 9 June 2023
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George A
Phoenix, AZ263 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
To me, this was the best assortment of rock formations all accessible from one parking lot. Get here early to avoid the crowds, as parking is limited although it's a larger lot than other locations. It's known for glowing at sunset, but the sunrise is equally amazing and peaceful. If you're into photography, the shadows cast as sunrise are spectacular. And look for a knob of rock on your left as you walk back to the parking lot from Double Arch. I think it looks like Homer Simpson's head. D'oh!
Written 27 March 2022
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DLP
New Jersey3,639 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Family
It looks pretty cool from a distance, but as you get closer, you gain a different perspective and can really appreciate the beauty and uniqueness of these two arches together. It is a short , mostly flat walk to the arches but still a very hot one so be prepared with water. It is is an amazing experience getting up close to these arches and being able to climb it.
Written 22 July 2023
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Do S
Pittsburgh, PA103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Pretty view. Half mile hike if you start in the second parking lot. If you park in the first lot (upper lot but first one you come to on one way road in) you are closer to the windows hike. We did what you should do in this very busy park and took the first spot we saw, which was in the first lot. Since it was rainy, we decided to skip the one mile hike to the windows and instead, climbed down the steps to the lower second lot to the trailhead to the double arch. Lots of folks climbed into and all over the arches but we had a great view for photos at the end of the dirt path and did not venture further in the rain on the wet rocky path leading to under the arches.
Written 8 October 2021
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TravelerCentralFLA
Clermont, FL1,717 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
My son and I hiked the easy trail to Double Arch. The hike is pretty and the area at the base of the Arch is wonderful to explore. Of course the Double Arch is one of the most famous in the park. This is really easy and worth doing. It is also worthwhile to just find a place to sit and look at the Arches. If you hurry through every arch to see everything you miss the opportunity to real admire the beauty of the place. I recommend a visit to Double Arch.
Written 18 May 2022
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