Mesa Arch -- Canyonlands National Park

Though Mesa Arch is best known for its sunrise views, the rock walls of Canyonlands National Park. catch the western light of dusk in shades of rose and purple.


Mesa Arch is a short, rewarding loop hike to and from an arch with spectacular views of the Colorado River canyons east of Canyonlands National Park. The arch is made famous by photographers whose predawn journeys have produced magnificent sunrise images at this spot. Hike From the trailhead, follow the marked trail southeast as it winds around rocks and gradually descends just over a third of a mile to Mesa Arch. Walk down the slope to the arch, which forms a window to the east, overlooking the enormous redrock canyons carved by the Colorado River. Do be careful at the arch, which is perched atop a high drop-off. Go a short ways back uphill to where the loop continues north and then west through slickrock and juniper shrub-groves, back to the parking lot. Digital map available at http://www.mapmyrun.com/workout/1315455423/. Erin Alberty

Getting there: From the Island in the Sky visitors center, travel south about 6 miles on Grand View Point Road to the Mesa Arch parking lot on the east side of the road. Fees $25 per vehicle or $10 per person (park entrance fee)


-- (Erin Alberty | The Salt Lake Tribune)

Region: Canyonlands National Park

Destination: Mesa Arch

Distance: 0.75 miles

Time: 1 hour

Elevation Gain: 90 feet

Dog Allowed: No

Restrooms: Yes

Biking: No

GPS Location: 38.388007, -109.8635541

Difficulty: 1


First published 2016-04-30