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Park Avenue Trail

Address: Arches National Park, UT
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Type: Hiking Trails, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: The most popular hike in the park because of its ease and scenery.
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Type: Hiking Trails, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: The most popular hike in the park because of its ease and scenery.
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Reading, United Kingdom
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141 reviews 141 reviews
68 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

It's only a mile each way but easy'ish walking. We did the round trip and being in amongst the rocks you see such different views than anything you'd see from the car park.

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Longmont, Colorado
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76 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

What a valley. You park at the head of a valley of rock formations on either side of you. A gradual paved trail leads to an overlook, and from there can walk the length of the entire valley if you choose. Most walk one way and there is a parking lot at the other end of the trail where you... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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48 reviews 48 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I love the drive down there. I also took a little side trip and met up with my partner who came to pick me up. It is my favorite in Arches

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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

While this easy mile hike has absolutely stunning views of the formations from below, don't forget to check out the stone you're walking on. There are amazing things to see literally in all directions here. This is a truly magical area, although you're unlikely to see it alone even during off season.

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Ellisville, Missouri
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126 reviews 126 reviews
58 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

We started at the Park Avenue Viewpoint and hiked to the Courthouse Tower parking lot and back. If you have 2 vehicles you can do a one-way but it is not a long hike (2 miles round trip). There are not any arches here but the views are still beautiful of the sandstone walls. And the view changes as the... More 

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Ohio, USA
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372 reviews 372 reviews
131 attraction reviews
590 helpful votes 590 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This is an easy, short hike. It can be done as an out-and-back starting at either the Park Avenue Viewpoint (south end) or the Courthouse Tower view point (north end). If you have two vehicles, you could do a one-way, point-to-point hike as well, but honestly, it is only two miles so why make it so complicated. Besides, I always... More 

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peachtree city, ga
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43 reviews 43 reviews
19 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Perhaps the best thing about Park Avenue at Arches is that it is the first major stop in and the last out of the park. Thus, you have ample opportunities to view this magnificent scene with all kinds of lighting and shadows. The trail is relatively easy, winding down from the parking area to the Courthouse Viewpoint. But whether you... More 

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

We hiked the Park Avenue trail later in the afternoon. It's a gorgeous area, and the hike is not very difficult. That being said, because it was late in the afternoon, there were significant shadows cast over the valley making photography difficult in many places. Park Avenue is a great way to start an adventure at Arches National Park. But... More 

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Vero Beach, Florida
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152 reviews 152 reviews
20 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The hike showcased all the different colors, textures and shapes of Arches. Being able to see the path of the water thousands and thousands of years ago to different formations, shadows and the way this place was formed was both amazing and breathtaking.

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Chatham, Illinois
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44 attraction reviews
167 helpful votes 167 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The hike was hard at some points, but easy at others. If you have a little kid, you probably should not go on this one because there are dangerous areas where they could wander off. The scenery is great and it's a nice walk. Watching the sun move in the morning and the sunlight cover the rocks -- stunning. It... More 

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