Located in the Island in the Sky district of the vast Canyonlands National Park, this easy-to-see arch has become very popular with photographers over the years. Even in the dark of pre-dawn people jockey for position to catch the sun rise below the arch and over an amazing landscape full of rocky spires and dark canyons.
Access is very convenient; there is only a short 0.35-mile hike each way to view the arch. This is one of the few easy-to-see features in the vast park. The arch sits 500 feet from the closest cliff and 1,500 feet from the rest of Buck Canyon. The La Sal Mountains rise in the distance and greet the rising sun along with several sandstone spires. It's no surprise you will find this site on everything from ads to Apple desktop backgrounds.
The views are amazing even with the crowds, so it's worth seeing once. you look down onto a Mars-like landscape called Buck Canyon. Show up early to beat the crowds, but there's no guarantee. Mesa Arch is so popular that the crowds may rise early with you. You might find fewer visitors a few hours after sunrise than at the crack of dawn. Walking across the arch is prohibited but easy to do, so it's a common sight.
Dogs are allowed on a leash.