Landscape Arch is one of the most famous arches in the world, and for good reason. No other arch in the whole world is such a combination of size and delicacy. It even makes the nearby Delicate Arch look positively solid in comparison.
With a 290 foot span, it is officially the fifth largest arch or natural bridge in the world, but with a thickness of as little as 6 feet, it ranks as one of the most endangered. In fact, recently recorded rockfalls from the arch in 1991 of a 73 foot slab of rock and a pair of others in 1995 of a 47 foot rock followed by a 30 foot rockfall has resulted in tons of rock falling from Landscape Arch and the nearby supporting rock. It may last for another century, or fall next week. No one has any way of knowing.
Due to the rockfalls and concerns about erosion around the arch, access to hike up close to Landscape has been curtailed and you’ll have to content yourself with a view from the main Devil’s Garden trail.
Landscape Arch can be accessed in Arches National Park and is in the Devil’s Garden area of the park. The hike is just over 1.5 miles round trip and you can see two smaller arches along the way with short detours – Tunnel Arch and Pine Tree Arch. The hike to Landscape Arch is mostly level on a well marked dirt path that is pretty busy in season and has plenty to look at along the way as it ends its way through the sandstone fins and other features that are so common in Arches National Park.
The trail continues past Landscape Arch to nearby Navajo Arch and Partition Arch after the only significant uphill climb on the trail. If you are willing to take a longer hike, the impressive Double O arch lies beyond along with the spire named Dark Angel and also Private arch on a spur of the trail. Total hiking to see all of the arches in this Devil’s Garden loop trail is about 7.8 miles.
To read more about Arches National Park, go here.
Read more about the arches and natural bridges I’ve visited here.
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