The first time I visited Arches National Park, my friend Lizzie and I had just hiked to Landscape Arch. A large family was trying to get pictures in front of the arch – there were grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins. They’d take one picture and then the photographer would pass the camera off to someone else so he or she could be in the picture and then the camera would be passed off again. (I have a very large extended family and we have fun getting together, but we don’t get to do it as often as we’d like; when I see a multi generational family traveling the country together it is heartwarming.) So I offered to take the picture so everyone could be in it. To my surprise, the response I got was rapid fire Italian. The look on Lizzie and I’s faces were priceless.
In August there’s just as many tourists from the states as there are from Europe and Asia visiting the National Parks in Utah. Unbeknownst to me, I had just offered my photography services to a large, fast talking Italian family.
You know that one tech savvy family member who enjoys explaining in minute detail how something works? Apparently, they have those in Italy too because one of the uncles spent 5 minutes explaining to me (in Italian, mind you) how to work his digital camera. I must have done okay because they kept exclaiming bellissima and smiling when they saw the picture. I took it as a good sign. It’s still my favorite story to tell about Landscape Arch in Arches National Park.
It is an easy .8 mile hike to Landscape Arch (1.6 miles round-trip). Note: the trail (like most in the park) does not offer any shade – take plenty of water!
From Landscape Arch Trail you have the choice to turn around or continue on to one of the connecting trails:
- Devil’s Garden
- Navajo Arch
- Partition Arch
- Pine Tree Arch
- Tunnel Arch
The trail does get more difficult as you hike past Landscape Arch.