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If you have some time, you should definitely stroll the 1,5 km (1 mile) through the wash, which leads through Park Avenue to end up at Courthouse Towers. It is well marked, the first part being paved by now (to be seen on one of the pics), slightly descending to the north. Plase take in mind that this is not a round trip, so you either need to hike back, or you need to have your car somehow parked at the Courthouse Tower parking area.

However, the hike is worth doing, as this is the only place in the park, where you are surrounded by these very high walls, which even tell you a bit on the geologic strata that are present in Arches NP, and make you feel very small in terms of height and age. Here, in Park Avenue, eternity did not yet carve as much as in the other parts, and so just have a close look on the walls and imagine that there will be arches in some more years (hundred thousand years, but? :-) )
You?ll come along the Courthouse Towers, you will see Sheep Rock, The Organ, Tower of Babel and much more fascinating formations which not yet have a name. Without a stop, the one way trip would take you 25-30 minutes ? but count in more, as there is much to see.
Best done either in the morning or in the late afternoon, as it will be not as hot ? take in account that the Park Avenue walls are running north-south, thus will provide a bit of shade in mornings and afternoons. Also, the play of light and shadow is much more exciting then.

Fascinating views of the hike can be seen on the Terraserver Aerial View - on the bottom of the picture, the tiny white dots are the cars at the southern parking lot, from where the path leads direction north. Just look at the big wall on the eastern side to get an idea of how it looks from the air :-)

On their website, Arches NP rates this hike as moderate, probably because it is not a round trip one. I found it quite easy, though.

Address: Arches NP
Directions: Just some miles north of park entrance
Phone: Tel: (435)719-2299

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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