Mesa Arch

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0.5 Miles

Route Type

Single Loop




100 ft.

Highest Elevation



A short trail with Canyonlands National Parks’ famed arch.

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Mesa Arch Walkthrough

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How to Run Mesa Arch

The 360°VR photos above start at the Mesa Arch Trailhead.

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.

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