Round Trip Distance: 0.5 miles
Elevation: 5127 - 5164 feet
Cellphone: 0-3 bars
Time: 30 mins.
Trailhead: Skyline Arch
Attractions: Scenic arch
Skyline Arch is located in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. The scenic arch is visible from the roadway when approaching the Devil's Garden area of the park. A short trail leads visitors to a point beneath the arch where they can get a closer look at it. Skyline Arch is unique from most other arches that take thousands of years to form in that half of the arch was created when a large bouldery mass fell from the high sandstone fin effectively doubling the size of the arches opening.
The trailhead is located about 17 miles from the Visitor Center just before reaching the Devil's Garden Campground.
It takes less than 50 feet of hiking before the arch comes into view.
Plan on a few spots of uneven ground on this otherwise easy path.
The best places for taking photos are probably before you get too close to the end of the trail.
From here you can zoom in and see more of the arches opening than is visible while standing right underneath of it.
At the end of the trail you can see all that is left of the large boulder that fell from the opening.
Hopefully the rest of the arch will remain standing for many years to come.
The rock fins and desert shrubbery create a nice environment for the trail while hiking to and from the arch.
If the parking area happens to be full when you drive past it probably won't be that way for long. You can either lurk a few minutes at one of the nearby pullouts until a spot frees up or check it out again on your way back from Devil's Garden. Skyline Arch is a good place to let the kids get out and stretch their legs and a nice short trail to do on a hot summer's day. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is 'Take a hike'.