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  The Windows from primitive trail - Arches N.P.
by goodfish

I think that "Mask of Zorro" would have been a more creative name for these but they're officially the North and South Windows.

The trail to the Windows and Turret Arch is an easy 1-mile RT with a gentle climb. Do the North Window first, follow the trail clockwise to the South, and then around to the short spur for Turret Arch. After some photo-ops at Turret, exit the spur trail to your left and head back to the parking area. This route involves dirt paths and steps but nothing too strenuous.

Want to lose the masses? There is a primitive loop trail (recommended) around the back of the the Windows that starts at the South Window and extends the hike a bit. "Primitive" is a loose term here that doesn't mean that the route is difficult; just not groomed.

As mentioned in the previous tip, The Windows are very near Double Arch so do them both at the same time. They have separate parking areas but as parking is a bear during peak season, grab the first spot at either location and just walk the short distance to the other. A vault toilet is also available near the parking lot.

Address: Arches National Park, near Moab, Utah
Directions: Take the first left off the main branch of the scenic road, about 9 miles into the park. Drive another 2 and 1/2 miles to the parking area.
Phone: 435-719-2299
Website: http://www.nps.gov/arch

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  • Updated Jan 28, 2016
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