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Klondike Bluffs Trail + Tower Arch Hike

Arches National Park

Moab, Arches + La Sal Mountains, Utah

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Klondike Bluffs Trail + Tower Arch Hike

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  • The scenery in the Klondike Bluffs is as beautiful as any in Arches.- Klondike Bluffs Trail + Tower Arch Hike
  • Salt Valley Road is generally in good condition and does not require four-wheel drive.- Klondike Bluffs Trail + Tower Arch Hike
  • The Klondike Bluffs Trailhead.- Klondike Bluffs Trail + Tower Arch Hike
  • The trail starts out with a steep climb over a ridge.- Klondike Bluffs Trail + Tower Arch Hike
  • Looking back down on the parking lot and Salt Valley.- Klondike Bluffs Trail + Tower Arch Hike
  • Once over the ridge, the rock formations come into view.- Klondike Bluffs Trail + Tower Arch Hike
  • The first glimpse of the Marching Men.- Klondike Bluffs Trail + Tower Arch Hike
  • Climbing sand dunes.- Klondike Bluffs Trail + Tower Arch Hike
  • Among the sandstone fins.- Klondike Bluffs Trail + Tower Arch Hike
  • The final push up the dunes with Tower Arch peeking out from the rock on the right.- Klondike Bluffs Trail + Tower Arch Hike
  • View from inside Tower Arch.- Klondike Bluffs Trail + Tower Arch Hike
  • The formations around the arch are fantastic.- Klondike Bluffs Trail + Tower Arch Hike
  • The scale of Tower Arch is hard to capture in a photo.- Klondike Bluffs Trail + Tower Arch Hike
  • Nearby arches.- Klondike Bluffs Trail + Tower Arch Hike
  • Marching Men again at dusk.- Klondike Bluffs Trail + Tower Arch Hike
  • View back across the trail.- Klondike Bluffs Trail + Tower Arch Hike
  • Sunset from the top of the ridge.- Klondike Bluffs Trail + Tower Arch Hike
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Pros: 
Spectacular scenery. One of the least visited hikes in Arches.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Moab, Arches + La Sal Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Low
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
511.00 ft (155.75 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.70 mi (4.35 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,887.00 ft (1,489.56 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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For those frustrated with the crowds present on the popular hikes in Arches National Park, there is a remedy. Take a well-maintained dirt road for 8 miles through Salt Valley to the Klondike Bluffs parking lot, where there won’t be any tour buses, and prepare for a wonderful hike to one of the most impressive arches in the park.

The trail from the parking area first climbs quite steeply up and over a ridge, where the terrain completely changes from the wide valley to a wonderland of red rock formations. After dropping down off the ridge the trail crosses a lot of rock ledges and eventually starts to climb up sand dunes with the formation called Marching Men on the left. Continuing through sandstone fins, the trail suddenly reaches the magnificent Tower Arch. The scale of the arch is awe inspiring, and the surrounding rocks provide excellent viewpoints for photos. It is difficult to fit the entire arch into a picture, though! It is possible to make a longer loop by continuing at the signed junction below the arch to the four-wheel drive road and back to the parking lot, but most people just retrace their way back down the trail the way they came. If the hike is timed to reach the top of the sand dunes facing the Marching Men formation just before sunset, there are great photographic opportunities here. 

NOTE: There are warning signs about recent rock falls in the Tower Arch area, so the park service does not recommend walking under the arch.

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