How to Run Mesa Arch
This is Canyonlands’ famed arch, an iconic bridge of stone that overlooks layers and layers of red, white, and brown rock beneath it, carved by the Colorado River. Plan on this being the busiest trail in the park, by far.
Leaving the parking lot, head either direction. The NPS has made permanent rock stacks to mark this short trail. Mesa Arch becomes visible less than a quarter mile into the loop, which, in total, is about a half a mile. From Mesa Arch, continue the loop or return back the same way, both the same distance.
Note: it is illegal to climb on top of any arches in the NPS parks.
Climbing your first mountain or 14er is an exciting and rewarding experience! You’ll get the achievement of seeing the world from above and the feel-goods of the endorphins from the exercise. However, the mountains aren’t a walk in the park, and getting down is mandatory. Some situations require extra caution and a little know how. With a bit of preparation, you’ll be able to get to the summit and back safely.
Whether you are training for a race or simply indulging in all the wilderness has to offer, there are a variety of factors, some constant, and some changing, that are likely to have an impact on your journey. Knowing these factors can help ensure your safety and get you back to the trailhead safely.