We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Windows Loop Trail

An easy hike to see three massive arches up close in Arches National Park
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.7 miles
Duration: Less than 1 hour
Family Friendly

Overview :  This short hike is a great way to first see the park on foot. The entire trail is gravel and there is only a very slight gain of... more »

Tips:  To get there, drive 9 miles into the park from the main entrance until you reach Balance Rock, then turn right at Balanced Rock and... more »

Take this guide with you!

Save to mobile
Get this guide & thousands of others on your mobile phone
EveryTrail guides are created by travelers like you.
  1. 1. Download the EveryTrail app from the App Store
  2. 2. Search for the Windows Loop Trail guide
  3. 3. Enjoy your self-guided tour
Get the app

Points of Interest

1. Parking and Trailhead

Follow the turn off at Balanced Rock for another 3 miles and you will reach the Windows parking lot. Park your car and walk along the level gravel path for about 1/4 a mile until you reach the first of the massive arches: North Window.

2. North Window

North Window is the first arch you reach on this loop, and probably the largest. You can leave the path to climb up underneath the arch and stare up at the rock above you (don't worry, it probably won't break while you're below). When you are ready, get back on the path and continue along, taking the fork to the left to see the South Windows.

3. South Windows

While not as massive as North Window, the South Windows still deserve attention. The arch is higher than the first one, so you cannot climb up to it (it's high up, steep, and can be hard to get back down). Leave the path to get a closer look.

When you are ready, join up with the path to visit the final arch in this section: Turret Arch.

4. Turret Arch

The final and furthest arch (if you are going clockwise around the loop) is Turret Arch. climb up to the arch for a great view of the strange rock formations framed by this massive arch.

While hiking back, look back at the North Window and South Windows for a great view through both of them with the desert plateau in the background.