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The most satisfying sight in the park

Mesa Arch is one of the first big sights that you encounter upon entering Canyonlands National... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Thomas F
Columbia, Maryland
Aim for sunrise visit if you can but need to arrive early

Mesa Arch at sunrise is a relative easy hike to get to from parking lot even in the dark as long as... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Visit this mesa at sunrise for the best scencic views.
Canyonlands National Park, UT
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Reviewed yesterday

Mesa Arch is one of the first big sights that you encounter upon entering Canyonlands National Park. We skipped it in the morning, because the number of cars there looked overwhelming. Later in the day, we found it much less crowded. This is a truly...More

Thank Thomas F
Reviewed yesterday

We hiked out to the arch. It's actually a nice hike, and the arch is nice. However, the overall experience was not good. Super crowded parking lot, and then, once we got to the arch, you couldn't really get a picture without lots of people...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Mesa Arch at sunrise is a relative easy hike to get to from parking lot even in the dark as long as you have a flashlight. The trail is clearly marked by cairns. The key is arriving early enough to secure a spot for your...More

Thank W H
Reviewed 3 days ago

We had hoped to see this arch at sunrise (google image it), but it was inclement weather. It was easily accessible and the view through the arch was outstanding!

Thank Cindy A
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is a great short trail to an amazing arch overlooking the cliff. I really enjoyed this trail and it was a great spot to stop and have lunch in the car.

Thank ericwalsh1978
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although we didn't arrive before sunrise at this east facing arch, we were still early enough to experience an amazing view. A "must see" when visiting Canyonlands NP.

Thank webcam13
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Simply an amazing view. The hike downhill is a little steep and slick in places, and elevation is about 7000 feet, so it is not for everyone. There was a family poorly controlling their child when we were there, and the cliff beyond the arch...More

Thank Leicadoc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the most amazing arches with fantastic view in the unforgettable canyon landscape. Sunrise moment is for sure a magic.

Thank steelriver2014
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We slept just aside the park in late September. We had a perfect spot to get to Mesa trailhead before sunrise! We arrived into Canyonlands National Park at 545, and headed straight to the trailhead. The parking lot was PACKED. But the time we made...More

1  Thank Graciecolette23
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sunrise at Mesa Arch is one of the epic landscape photography destinations. As a bonus, it is easy to get to, a 5-minute walk from the parking lot. But: if you are going for sunrise, plan on arriving at least 45 minutes in advance to...More

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March 16, 2017|
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Response from VCC9 | Reviewed this property |
If you are staying in Moab. I would leave at least 75 minutes before sunrise (depending on hotel location maybe even earlier) The scenery on the way in is spectacular even 20 minutes before sunrise! Better to get there early... More
September 25, 2016|
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Response from Jonathn6 | Reviewed this property |
The arch is in the national park. Anyone can drive into the park to see the arch. If you want the pictures at sunrise, get there early. People are there up to an hour before sunrise to get the closest spots.
Janelle H
March 22, 2016|
Response from MN_Fernando | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely, visit Canyonlands. Most of the great views in the Island in the Sky are only steps away from your vehicle...no hiking necessary. Mesa Arch does require a short hike and you will have to go over a small hill... More