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Length: 2.1 Miles, including Primitive Trail and Spur to Double Arch
Trailhead(s): Windows Trailhead
Elevation Gain: Negligible
Trail Type: Loop, Plus Point to Point Spur
Permit Required? No, but a Personal Vehicle Timed Entry Reservation ($2) is required from April through October. Follow this link to obtain reservation: Recreation.Gov
Considerations: $30 Park Entrance Fee; Desert Hiking; No Water; Visitors are Not Allowed to Climb on the Arches.
Season: Year Round
Arches National Park’s Windows Section is an easy, short hike with views of amazing rock formations. It is essentially two short hikes in one location and is an excellent choice for families, those seeking a shorter hike, or those looking to combine the hike with other hikes, such as Devils Garden, for a full day of hiking.
When hiking the windows section, you will see the North Window, South Window, Turret Arch, and Double Arch. Many consider this area one of best sections of the park (although I am unclear how one can choose). The hiking is easy with virtually no elevation gain and groomed trail, making it perfect for families with children or those seeking a lighter hike. Don’t get me wrong, though, the arches are gorgeous and should be visited by everyone.
The best way to execute this hike is to begin heading toward Turret Arch in a clockwise direction on the Windows Loop Trail, passing Turret Arch and the South and North Windows as you go. This will give you a 360 degree view of the geologic formations. Upon returning to the parking area, it is a short walk to the beginning of the Double Arch Trail for the one mile round trip hike to the amazing Double Arch. In all, you will cover just over two miles and will get an outstanding pay-off for such a short hike. Enjoy!
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