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Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park

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Mesa Arch (also known as Rotary Arch and Trail Arch) is a pothole arch on the eastern edge of the Island in the Sky mesa in Canyonlands National Park in northern San Juan County, Utah, United States. Mesa Arch is a spectacular natural stone arch perched at the edge of a cliff with vast views of canyons, Monster Tower, Washer Woman Arch, Airport Tower, and the La Sal Mountains in the distance. Access is via a relatively easy hiking trail, just a half-mile long from the park road.

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  • Easy Hike. Different view at Sunrise and PM. Greater crowds before sunrise. It rained on the day we went so didnt get the money shot but people left right after sunrise so then it was empry with... 
    Easy Hike. Different view at Sunrise and PM. Greater crowds before sunrise. It rained on the day we went so didnt get the money shot but people left right after sunrise so then it was empry with...  more »
  • We went in the late afternoon/evening. No one was there, which provided a unique experience. It’s a short walk along an easy trail. We took little kiddos (2 years and 3 years), it was easy. Once at... 
    We went in the late afternoon/evening. No one was there, which provided a unique experience. It’s a short walk along an easy trail. We took little kiddos (2 years and 3 years), it was easy. Once at...  more »
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  • Sooooo gorgeous! We went at sunrise. It’s an easy 10 minute hike from parking lot. The arch is beautiful and the landscape all around is very pretty. There were about 50 people there but everyone kinda spread out. There was a group standing in front of the arch but you could still get great photos. Best part of my Utah trip for sure!
  • Mesa Arch is a beautiful formation in Canyonlands National Park. It's an easy hike from the turnout, with a breathtaking view of the canyons below. It wasn't very busy when we went there, so there were plenty of good spots for both landscape photos and taking pictures with friends and family. Just be sure that you have a ample amount of gas in your vehicle and lots of water in your bottle and you'll have a good time. Kids also tend to get caught up in playing with the sand on the way to the arch because of the nature of the trail, so give yourself time to get there.

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