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Mesa Arch, Canyonlands National Park

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Must see · Geologic Formation · Nature / Park
Mesa Arch (also known as Rotary Arch and Trail Arch) is a pothole arch on the eastern edge of the Island in the Sky mesa in Canyonlands National Park in northern San Juan County, Utah, United States. Mesa Arch is a spectacular natural stone arch perched at the edge of a cliff with vast views of canyons, Monster Tower, Washer Woman Arch, Airport Tower, and the La Sal Mountains in the distance. Access is via a relatively easy hiking trail, just a half-mile long from the park road.

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  • Pretty cool to see. Not really a hike but a short walk. Makes for a good photo op. Easy to get to the Arch from the trailhead but this also means it is heavily visited. Views at sunrise are told to...  more »
  • One of the finest sunrise moments in a National Park, second only to sunrise at Haleakala N.P. Be sure you adjust for the hour drive in off Hwy 191 and get to Mesa about 30 min before sunrise to get....  more »
  • Beautiful arch with sheer cliff on the other side of it. Hang on to the young ones but be prepared to enjoy the view. Not to difficult of a hike to get to the arch. Totally worth it. Beautiful colors and various plants along the Terrain including one little marked ash tree along the way. Enjoy!
  • Worth the hike. Beautiful scenery, make sure you do it early in the morning. 2.7 round trip hike. Bring water sunglasses. Lon g sleeve. Etc.sun block.

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