The trail is one of the first major stops in Arches National Park. This is a one way trail that descends quickly and steeply into a beautiful canyon and takes you through the Avenue area to the Courthouse Towers. This hike gives you a spectacular feel of Arches' sandstone formations. You start at the parking area and walk 1 mile through what is appropriately named to represent a sandstone feel of the big city. At the end of the hike (Courthouse Towers parking) you will have a great view of the Three Gossips, North Avenue, Tower of Babel and more! However, it is not necessary to take the hike to see these views. So if you are more limited in time, you will also be able to view them from the Courthouse Towers area. Although you can see most of the major sights from the parking areas and pullouts, there is nothing more pleasing than being below these spectacular sandstone towers and arches.
This trail is rated a moderate hike but if you take your time and are prepared with water, a hat, sunscreen and protective clothing, you should be able to do this hike in about 1 hour.
You can either take this hike round trip (2 miles) back and forth or, if you are more limited in time and have more than one driver who will not be joining you on this hike, have them drop you off at the parking area and pick you up at the Courthouse Towers parking area.
Courthouse Towers parking area.
1 mile (1.6 km) one way. Approximate time: 30 to 60 minutes. Elevation change: 320 feet (98 meters).
Your pets are not allowed on this trail so please leave them in a safe place!