Turret Arch is an irregular arch that to me resembles a keyhole in an independent castle-like rock outcropping. At 65 feet high and 35 feet wide, it is a bit less dramatic than the nearby Windows, it is still a nice arch. You can easily walk under it, and with a bit of scrambling, you can climb the rock beyond it and view back toward the Windows. It has a small companion arch that will probably eventually merge with Turret Arch to make a larger opening.

North Window and Turret Arch, Arches National Park
North Window and Turret Arch

To get the most famous view of this arch, which is through the North Window, you have to scramble through the North Window to the other side and climb up a small cliff. The shot is a must if you are a photographer, but the extra climbing requires care. This shot is best in the morning and hopefully before tourists fill your shot. The North Window tends to stay full of tourists during the summer months.

Turret Arch faces mostly north as you approach it, which means it will be in the shadow other than early in the morning. A nice view is to go through Turret Arch and climb up the rock slope. Turret Arch is lit by the southern sun from this side and if you get the right angle, you can see either or both of the Windows from this vantage. You can use a wide-angle or fisheye lens to get a nice shot of Turret Arch from a low vantage point.

Windows thru Turret Arch, Arches National Park
Windows thru Turret Arch

Turret Arch is easily seen. As part of Arches National Park, you can drive up to a parking area and the arch is only a .4 miles from there. In this same area, you will also see the North WindowSouth Window, and Double Arch all with only about 2 miles of total walking on mostly level ground.

To read more details about this area, go to my article on the Windows Section of Arches National Park.

Learn all about Arches National Park here.

To see an article on all the arches and natural bridges I have seen with useful details on each, go here.

Utah is a beautiful state. To see more places worth visiting in Utah, go here.

Turret Arch is in Arches National Park. To read my advice about visiting individual national parks, go here.

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