We are planning on visiting Arches Sunday May 12th. I have come up with an itinerary and have a few questions and would welcome any comments or suggestions. A little background about me and my husband: We are both 40-50 years old and in ok shape. I have type 2 diabetes but it is under control. In addition to hiking around our neck of the woods (ky/tn) we hiked in August in New Mexico with no problems so I think we will be fine. I also have the beginnings of arthritis in my ankles so while I can do the hiking I am a little slower than most 40-50 year olds. With that being said ….
Our First hike is going to be Windows Primitive Loop Trail. It is 1.2 miles round trip. We will see North Window, South Window and Turret Arch. This will take us back to the parking lot where we will take the second hike. Our Second hike is to Double Arch. It is a 0.5 mile round trip. After that we plan to go to the Devils Garden. I have read that the parking lot for the Devils Garden fills up early. If I make this my third hike of the day what do you think is the latest I can arrive at the parking lot? Also how far is this parking lot from the Windows parking lot? My Third Hike will be at the Devils Garden. We will see 1st Pine Tree Arch and Tunnel Arch. 2nd Landscape Arch. 3rd Wall Arch 4th Partition Arch and Navajo Arch 5th Double O Arch. I am thinking I read if we stop here and go back it would be 4 miles round trip. Does this sound right? Would it be a problem to turn around here? Is the Double O Arch worth the extra hike if we have already seen a double arch? Also is there a place around there to stop and have a small lunch (that we bring)? After a small break here we want to see Delicate Arch but I have read it is best seen around sunset. Do you know around what time sunset is in May? Is there anything else here that we can do that won’t be too strenuous to fill time till sunset? Is it hard to get a parking space before sunset around Delicate Arch? I am hoping this makes sense and is a doable plan as I am a planner much to my husband’s demise. Thanks in advance for reading this and for any insight or advice you can provide.