Mesa Arch Trail - Canyonlands National Park, Island in the Sky District

Mesa Arch clings to the canyon rim.


From the parking lot, pick up a trail information guide for the loop. The guide explains interesting features along the trail and gives insights to the ecosystem of Canyonlands National Park. Most of the trail is sandy, with some slickrock traversing. As you walk up to the arch you may hear, “Wow, don’t get too close to the edge.” The arch clings on the canyon rim, with a 500-foot vertical drop. With no guard rail, parents need to keep their children close. As you look through the arch, the LaSal Mountains can be seen in the distance and Buck Canyon 1,200 feet below. Anuual pass: $10

Getting there: In Canyonlands, drive about six miles south of the ranger station and turn left. The parking lot is next to the road.


-- Photo, text and graphic by Steve Baker

Region: Southeast Utah

Destination: Mesa Arch

Distance: 1/2 mile loop

Time: 30 minutes

Elevation Gain: 100 feet

Dog Allowed: No

Restrooms: Yes

Biking: N/A

GPS Location: 38.3880397, -109.8634553

Difficulty: 1


First published 2007-11-29