A hike to a lesser-known arch in Utah's Arches National Park ... Ring Arch, located near the Courthouse Towers section, is not marked on the map and brochure given to visitors at the entrance gate.
Also, there is no marked trail nor a sign on the roadway that points to it.
Perhaps Ring Arch is not as spectacular as Landscape Arch,
Delicate Arch or the arches in the Windows Section,
but my outing was a special experience. I encountered no one on my hike. It was so quiet.
The peace and solitude make Ring Arch a winner if you want to get away from the crowds. On this page are my hike photos from November 2012.
Directions: From the main entrance, pass the Three Gossips, Sheep Rock and the Tower of Babel.
Then park on the right in a pull out area. (If you drive over the Courthouse Wash bridge, you have gone too far.) Hike west
in the Courthouse Wash area for one mile to reach the arch. The National
Geographic Trails Illustration Map #211 for Arches National Park marks Ring Arch.
My photo of Ring Arch from the main road. You will see it once you know where to look.
November 23, 2012 - There was not a cloud in the sky, and the weather was in the 60s ... perfect for a hike.
Adjacent are two photos of the red rock scenery as I hiked west from the road. Remember, there is no trail, but it is not that difficult
to find your way. It can be tricky at times to navigate through the wash area and thick sections of desert sagebrush, but that just adds to
challenge of finding Ring Arch!
Coming closer to Ring Arch.
This was a special hike. One I won't forget for a long time.