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Park Avenue Trail in Arches National Park


This is a fun and easy walk, it is a perfect introduction to Arches National Park for families and beginner hikers, the Park Avenue trail gets you quickly immersed among the high red rock features of what Utah and this national park are all about.


Park Avenue in Arches National Park in Utah
Someone noticed a similarity between these high sandstone spires and the famous skyscrapers along New York City’s Park Avenue, and the name stuck. 
This is one of the first major pullovers in the park so many people stop to admire the view down the ‘avenue’, a few people will venture down the trail a short bit and come back. 
The real fun is heading down the entire trail and experiencing an easy downhill walk through the high rock walls rising up on both sides of you and seeing all the named rock formations like Nefertiti or the Twinkie.
You can do this as a two-mile out-and-back trail or if you have the means, leave a car at the Courthouse Towers parking lot at the other end of the trail and do the hike one way.

Getting to the Park Avenue Trail Heads

Just three miles into the park on the Arches Scenic Drive Road you come to the Park Avenue parking area on the left, continuing 1.5 miles will take you to the Courthouse Towers parking lot.


Park Avenue parking lot (upper trailhead) ( 38.624431, -109.599582 )
Courthouse Towers parking lot (lower trailhead) ( 38.636956, -109.600087) 


  • No dogs, national park
  • There is a trailhead at both ends of the hike so you can do it from either end
  • If you have another car you can leave one at either end and do it as a one-way hike
  • Starting it from the Park Avenue official parking lot means you are mostly walking downhill to the Courthouse Towers parking lot


2 miles total out and back, 300 feet of elevation gain 

Park Avenue in Arches National Park in Utah MAP



From the Park Avenue trailhead, the trail starts out as a concrete path leading to a scenic overlook, from here you can see the well-defined trail heading down through the scenic junipers and cactus.
Just follow the trail, sometimes it disappears on the slickrock, but look for well-placed rock cairns.  The trail is mostly gently downhill going in this direction. 

 Nefertiti and the Twinkie rock formations
Nefertiti to the left and the Twinkie standing up by itself to the right

Side view
Nefertiti looks more like herself if you photograph her while standing farther to the left

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The Monolith at the exit


The formation called sheep rockSheep Rock looks exactly like a sleeping sheep


The easter island head
Not sure if this is a named feature but I think it looks a bit like a Moai from Easter Island, look for it up high on the left as you’re about 2/3rds of the way through the trail

The late sun lighting up the rocks
In the evening the sunset makes great shadows along the walls of Park Avenue

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