Park Avenue Trail - An Easy Hike In Arches National Park, Utah
January 2010 - The Park Avenue Trail is one of the first attractions for
visitors in Arches National Park.
This relatively easy trail goes through a canyon floor with views of massive fins,
balanced rocks and various desert scenery. The trail is one mile, beginning at the Park Avenue Viewpoint
parking lot and finishing at the Courthouse Towers Viewpoint parking lot. Thus, this makes a two-mile hike round trip.
If you don't want to walk each way, you can park a vehicle in each parking lot and shuttle yourself.
My Hike - Park Avenue Trail
January 1, 2010 - The sun finally came out by the early afternoon on New Year's Day 2010.
I was itching to leave the center of
do any kind of hike, no matter how short. This
first photo was taken as I approached the Park Avenue Viewpoint area on the main road.
This was a cold hike! The temperature
was only in the 10s but at least the sun was out.
Adjacent are two photos that include the trailhead sign.
The large cliffs, red rocks and fins surrounding
this particular canyon are known as the Courthouse Towers.
On the left at the beginning of the trail is a rock sitting conspicuously
on a vertical spire. The name
"Balanced Rock" is already taken in the park, but
I suppose this could be another Balanced Rock.
Adjacent are two photos giving perspective. Who knows how long that rock will sit there!
Inside the snowy canyon floor.
I do not know much about geology, but
notice the varying horizontal layers in that red rock.
Two photos of red rocks on the east side of the canyon.
It looks as though a huge slab of
orange rock sat between these two fins.
Two views as I came out of the canyon and approached the road.
The snow on the desert floor was beautiful indeed, but boy, was it cold!
I live in a small Colorado town
that has many frigid winter days. Honestly, I was hoping for a break even if it only reached
the 30s or 40s. Well, I had no luck during my visit.
The trail offers many great spots to photograph the "Three Gossips." :)
A tall red rock wall across the street at the end of the trail.
On the road. It was a great afternoon to be in southeast Utah!