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Double Arch, Arches National Park

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Double Arch is a close-set pair of natural arches, one of the more known features of Arches National Park in Utah, United States. From the Double Arch parking area it's a 0.5 mile (0.8 km) round trip to the arches. There are no guardrails or fences to prevent visitors from exploring directly beneath and through the arches.The area was used as a backdrop for the opening scene of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, in which the arches are briefly visible. However, the cave shown in the movie does not exist.Double Arch was formed differently from most of the arches in Arches National Park. It is what is known as a pothole arch; it formed by water erosion from above rather than more typical erosion from the side. The larger opening has a span of and a height of.
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  • This is one of my favorite features of Arches National Park. Take you camera--you won't want to miss the photo op.  more »
  • From the parking lot, it is an easy walk to Double Arch. We also saw a lot of people climbing on the arch which we did as well!  more »
  • How these two arches formed would blow your mind. Easy walk from the parking lot to the base. You can climb a little bit for closer view but a short walk for folks who can’t walk very far would get yo...  more »
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  • These arches are easy to get to for a quick hike. Parking is a bit more difficult in this area as these arches seem to be a bit more popular for all. If you are looking for a quick hike/photo op, these arches are worth it.
  • Pretty scenic. There is ample seating space under the arch so you can enjoy a snack while you are there and enjoy the view.
  • Beautiful. You can climb up into the arch which makes for some nice photo opportunities.
  • Good trail with a large but crowded parking lot The parking lot serves both the Double Arch trail and the Windows trail, both are very popular. It's not that hard to do both in a couple of hours and the scenery is beautiful. This is why you came to Arches National Park, so you have to take the relatively easy hike. Double Arches, like the name implies, leads you to two arches right next to each other. It's next to a formation that looks like some elephants lined up. You can get pretty close to the Double Arch (under one of them).
  • One of the most beautiful arches in Arches National Park! A very short hike (around 5 minutes) takes you to the Double Arch from the nearby parking lot. As the name suggests, it has two adjacent arches. If do not have much time to spend at Arches, you must make this a priority. Right next to the Double Arch are the Windows, another lovely sight to behold.

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Where to stay in Arches National Park

Arches National Park provides camping at the Devils Garden Campground, but most visitors opt to stay in the town of Moab south of the park. You'll find every type of accommodation here, including economy motels, small inns with a rustic Southwest vibe, bed and breakfasts, lodges, and campgrounds. Moab's economy largely revolves around park visitors, so you'll find plenty of restaurants, supermarkets, and various services here. A few publicly operated campgrounds line Route 128 on the park's eastern edge, and a few more accommodations sit on Route 191 off the park's western border.
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