Park Avenue, Park Avenue Trailhead (south), Arches National Park, Utah
Park Avenue - 1.8 miles
Park Avenue Trailhead (south)
|Round-Trip Length:||1.8 miles|
|Start-End Elevation:||5,000' - 4,680'|
|Elevation Change:||-320' net elevation loss (+327' total roundtrip elevation gain)|
Park Avenue - 1.8 Miles Round-Trip
The Park Avenue Trail runs .9 miles down a wide canyon flanked by towering rock walls and spires. These impressive formations are reminiscent of skyscrapers and buildings that shape Manhattan, hence the name 'Park Avenue'.
The trail drops from the trailhead on a steep set of stone stairs to the wide canyon floor. The dirt path is soon predominantly sandstone as you travel down the widening canyon mouth. Once in the canyon there is no trail, but it's nearly impossible to get lost (you can only stay straight). Cairns are in place to mark the easiest path.
The Courthouse Towers, The Tower of Babel, The Three Gossips and The Organ are among the many interesting formations capping theses canyon walls. A good map will help you identify them as you move along.
The trail ends at the north end parking lot and viewpoint (Courthouse Towers Parking Area). It's a 320' climb back to the south end trailhead.
- N38 37.466 W109 35.985 — Park Avenue Trailhead
- This trail can be started at the north end as well. Allow the time of day and lighting to determine which end is best to start and finish.
Directions to Trailhead
The Park Avenue Trail can be accessed from its south or north terminus. Drive approximately 2.5 miles from the main park entrance station and visitor center to the Park Avenue Trailhead (south access) on the left, or 3.7 miles to the Courthouse Towers Parking Area (north access) on the right.
Arches National Park
PO Box 907
Moab, Utah 84532-0907
Headquarters Phone: 435-719-2100
Phone: 435-719-2299 (recorded information)
Camping Reservation Line: 877-444-6777