Unfortunately, I only had one day and night to spend in Arches National Park on my road trip across America. This didn’t give me enough time to do everything I wanted, but it DID give me enough time to hike two great trails (in the snow) and return with some amazing photos from Arches National Park. My 10 favorite photos are below:
1. Devils Garden Primitive Loop Hike
The first couple photos from Arches National Park were taken on my way up the Devils Garden Primitive Loop Hike. This was a really fun hike, and although the snow/ice made it a bit difficult, I highly recommend doing this trail if you’re visiting Arches. It is the longest trail in the park (a 7.2-mile loop) and has 7 different arches. If you decide to visit in the winter (like I did), you should look into buying a good pair of hiking shoes (I have these) and maybe some crampons.
The upside to winter? No crowds!
3. Devils Garden Primitive Loop Hike
4. Devils Garden Primitive Loop Hike – Landscape Arch
Landscape Arch is only about 1 mile in, so if you can still plan to see this if you don’t have a lot of time.
5. Panorama of Devils Garden
7. Windows Loop Trail Panorama
After finishing the Devils Garden Trail, we headed to the Windows Loop Trail for sunset (where most of the magic happened):
What To Wear for Hiking Arches in the Snow:
- You’ll want decent hiking shoes that have a good grip and are water proof. I bought these before my trip and hiked Zion, Bryce and Arches in the snow with them: Women’s The North Face Hedgehog Fastpack Gore-Tex Hiking Shoe
- If you’re hiking in snow and ice, you’ll probably want to wear a pair of Yaktrax over your shoes. These ones are cheap and easy to use:Yaktrax Pro Traction Cleats for Snow and Ice, Black, Medium
- I prefer to hike in leggings since they’re close to your body and won’t get caught up on your surroundings. For colder weather, it’s a good idea to buy a pair of thermal ones: Duofold Women’s Mid Weight Varitherm Thermal Leggings, Black, Small
- I also bought a good pair of hiking socks to cover the space between my ankles and leggings and to add comfort to my hiking shoes: Thorlo Women’s Trail Hiker Crew, Dust Blue, Medium
- And a thermal top for under your fleece:ColdPruf Women’s Basic Dual Layer Long Sleeve Base Layer Top, Winter White, Small
If you have questions about Arches, feel free to comment below! If you want to see what other destinations we visited on our road trip, view our post on our road trip across America.