Situated between two of America’s most majestic national parks, Arches and Canyonlands, Moab is a mecca for exploring rugged red rock canyons, towering mesas, and spectacular sandstone arches. Arches National Park alone is home to 2,000 arches, intricately shaped by nature over millions of years. Whether you're an avid hiker, a photography enthusiast, or a nature lover, you'll find world-class adventure and timeless beauty among the top 10 arches near Moab.
1. Delicate Arch
One of the most iconic arches in the world, Delicate Arch is located in Arches National Park and is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the area. Carefully carved by the hands of time, this 52-foot-tall symbol of Utah is perfectly framed by the surrounding red rocks and offers endless views of the area’s breathtaking desert landscape. Delicate Arch is a popular destination for hikers and is a spectacular place to watch the sunrise or sunset. Rising early to hike the trail offers uninterrupted views and fewer crowds.
2. Tower Arch
Wander through sandstone fins and dunes to reach the magnificent Tower Arch, situated in the remote and rugged Klondike Bluffs area of Arches National Park. This hidden gem is a window to a picturesque canyon with red rock vistas and the La Sal Mountains beyond. A prominent spire sits just above the arch, giving it its name. The trail is only 2.6 miles long with 100 feet in elevation gain, but the route has many ups and downs, making it a challenging and memorable hike.
3. Landscape Arch
Landscape Arch, a natural wonder in the Devil's Garden Section of Arches National Park, seemingly defies gravity. The arch is one of the longest in the world and the longest in Arches National Park, spanning an incredible 306 feet. Despite its delicate appearance, Landscape Arch has stood the test of time over millions of years and draws visitors from all over the world to marvel at its impressive size.
4. Corona Arch
Located just outside Canyonlands National Park, Corona Arch (also called Little Rainbow Bridge) measures 140 feet wide and 105 feet tall. Set like a crown, it is a jewel among the Southwest’s vast desert landscape. Hike the moderate 2.4-mile out-and-back Corona Arch trail, situated high above the Colorado River Canyon. Along the way, you’ll pass Pinto and Bowtie arches and enjoy jaw-dropping red rock views.
5. Looking Glass Arch
Rising majestically from the earth, the sheer sandstone cliffs of Looking Glass Arch tower hundreds of feet into the sky, forming a breathtaking spectacle that attracts rock climbers worldwide. Steps from ULUM Moab, guests can enjoy magnificent views of the monolithic arch from the comfort of the resort’s luxury, safari-inspired tents.
6. Double Arch
Double Arch, located in the heart of Arches National Park, is one of nature’s great masterpieces. Not one, but two towering sandstone arches stand side by side. Gazing up at the arches awakens a sense of awe and wonder at the forces of nature that shaped this stunning landscape over millions of years.
7. Mesa Arch
In Canyonlands National Park, Mesa Arch is famed for its gorgeous sunrise views. As the sun rises in the morning, it illuminates the underside of the arch, giving it a fiery orange glow. Looking through the arch offers a window to the La Sal Mountains beyond. Whether you're a seasoned hiker or a casual sightseer, Mesa Arch offers an unforgettable experience.
8. Jug Handle Arch
Jug Handle Arch in Canyonlands National Park is truly unique. The handle-like archway is viewable from the roadway, but there’s much more to explore along the half-mile hike to reach it. On one side of the arch are two panels of ancient petroglyphs, one on top of the other, where you can let your imagination run wild while looking at rock art from thousands of years ago.
9. North Window Arch
The Windows Section of Arches National Park is where you’ll encounter many arches near each other, like North Window Arch, Turret Arch, and Double Arch. Many people take photos of the Turret Arch framed by the North Window Arch for a sensational scene.
10. Skyline Arch
Situated high above the Devil's Garden section of Arches National Park, Skyline Arch is a defining feature of the surrounding landscape. Getting a closer look at the arch is possible with a short hike that requires some scrambling and rock-hopping, but it’s well worth it for the views.
Where to Stay in Moab
Perfectly situated near Canyonlands and Arches national parks, ULUM Moab is an outdoor luxury resort unlike any other. Upscale safari-inspired tents, an innovative and contemporary design, dipping pools, a yoga deck, full-service al fresco dining, and an emphasis on wellness makes it easy to connect with nature and with each other. Escape to ULUM Moab and experience elevated luxury and endless adventure just steps from your private tent.