Virtual Hike: Mesa Arch Trail in Canyonlands National Park

Mesa Arch is one of the most iconic sights in all on Canyonlands National Park. Located near Moab, Utah, Canyonlands is a very close neighbor to Arches National Park (located across town). Being so close, the two parks make a great weekend trip for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts looking to take in some of Utah’s most breathtaking vistas and stunning red rock formations.

Canyonlands National Park | Photo: Tom Tash Chimani
Canyonlands National Park | Photo: Chimani

Join Chimani for the first in a series of Virtual Hikes. The virtual hike of Mesa Arch Trail to the arch is a three-minute sample of the terrain, environment, and overall landscape that one can expect to encounter when setting out from the parking lot.

Take Chimani’s Mesa Arch Virtual Tour:

The trail itself a relatively easy hike. With a few moderate inclines and man-made steps, the half-mile hike can be done in a half-hour or less, but it is not to be rushed. Along the well-maintained trail are a variety of trees, plants, and cacti to stop and enjoy.

The suspense increases along the hike as the trail seems to intentionally hide Mesa Arch from view until the final few feet. The stunning formation comes into view with a seemingly never-ending backdrop of red rock canyons, pillars, cliffs, and mountains.

It was mid-afternoon when the Chimani team visited Mesa Arch in the video, however it is uncommon for there to be this few people on the trail or at the arch. On this day, temperatures were extremely high, keeping most visitors near their vehicles, park facilities, and shorter trails. On a typical day, one should plan to hike to Mesa Arch earlier in the morning or towards the evening to avoid crowds, although sunrise and sunset are popular times to visit.

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