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Mesa Arch

Canyonlands National Park, UT
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations
Activities: Watching sunrise/sunset
Description: Visit this mesa at sunrise for the best scencic views.
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

The early morn drive out from moab to mesa arch is hauntingly beautiful. Once arriving at the arch the hoards of photographers are very considerate to everyone trying to get that perfect shot! About ten minutes after the sun came up everyone left and we had the sheer beauty and inspirational view all to ourselves.

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Bratislava, Slovakia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Mesa arch hike takes less then 15 mins to complete (one way). It's very beautiful. I wouldn't have walked on the top of it, but some people did. It didn't look safe.We went late in the afternoon and there were hardly any people there. At some point we were even on our own. I can imagine this getting very crowded... More

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Waterford, Michigan
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41 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

This is a must see for many reasons. First it is an easy loop that is a little more than a mile round trip. The trail there almost looks professionally landscaped and used the natural rocks and man made for a great experience. I didn't know of the view until I got to the Arch and was BLOWN AWAY. There... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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66 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This is a beautiful large natural pothole arch on the edge of sandstone cliffs overlooking a beautiful valley 500 feet below. There is a nice hiking trail loop here as well. I believe this is where some people are swinging out from the arch. It's not allowed and fortunately, we didn't see that--there have been fatalities. The swinging weight can... More

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Rahway, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I love visiting different landscapes and Canyonland was a boon to my everlasting desire. What you'l love 1) Roads inside park to visit all the attractions 2) Drive from Salt lake to Moab 3) Park's landscape by itself. Nature shows its supreme power 4) Detailed map during entrance 5) First time visitor, you will never imagine how great the landscapes... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 via mobile

Well worth the short walk. The arch is situated so that you can frame the La Sala Mountains or the Mesa in a photo. People do dumb things on top of the arch, like jump to be photographed in the air. One misstep, though, and it is a long way down.

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Centennial, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This was an easy 1/2 mile hike. The views of Mesa Arch and the canyons were amazing at the end. The park is far less crowded than Arches.

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Seattle, Washington
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The Mesa Arch is located in the scenic Islands in the Sky section of Canyonlands. The hike upto mesa arch is relatively straight-forward and short. The Arch is much bigger and than it looks in pictures. I did end up climbing it but be careful especially as on one side it's just the DEEP canyon. Probably not wise to attempt... More

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wilds of New Jersey
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

This is a great view at the end of a not-too-difficult trail. If you go early you might avoid the crowds of people, some of whom will undoubtedly be loud and unruly and have no appreciation of the true majesty of this place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

For me it´s a matter of fact that the most scenic arch at sunrise is not in Arches NP but in Canyonlands NP. Mesa Arch lets you freeze in awe and you need all your mental abilities to remember that you have to press the shutter for the case you want to get a photo home. But as there are... More

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