Arches National Park, UT – The Eyes Have It: Views from the Windows Section


July 1, 2013 by Deborah W. Trotter

Arches - Windows Section
Arches - Balanced RockThe first fork in the road through Arches from the Visitor Center, just beyond Balanced Rock, takes you to the Windows Section of the Park. It’s your first opportunity to see several arches up close and personal with not too much effort. Short and easy trails lead you past Turret Arch, and the North and South Windows. If you are so inclined, you can scramble up farther on your own. (There is also a short trail that loops around Balanced Rock which you can take either before or after you visit the Windows Section.)

Turret Arch

Turret Arch

If you want a little bit longer hike, try the “Primitive Trail” around to the back side of the North and South Windows. It’s less crowded and affords this view of the windows . . . the eyes of Arches?

South and North Windows

South and North Windows

Just across from the Windows and Turret Arch, on the other side of the parking loop, you can take a mostly level trail to look up into massive Double Arch. If you feel the call, you can try to scramble up farther here, as well.

Double Arch

Double Arch

Arches is a great family Park. Little kids are awed, older kids become climbers faster than you can say, “Hey, where are you . . . okay, be careful up there!!”

As high as they could go

As high as they could go

If you visit, always carry and drink plenty of water, and if you’re visiting in the summer (not in the middle of a blazing heatwave as is going on right now) I recommend hiking early in the morning or in the evening. It will be cooler, probably less crowded, and the colors will be more intense for viewing pleasure and photography when the sun is not directly overhead.

2 thoughts on “Arches National Park, UT – The Eyes Have It: Views from the Windows Section

  1. Phil Lanoue says:

    Excellent photos of what looks like an amazing place Deb!

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