Tapestry Arch

Tapestry Arch is a large blind arch flanked by a trio of proto-arches that can easily be reached from the Devils Garden Campground in the northern end of Arches National Park. To the north of the campground, along the second major sandstone fin, the arches are lined up, one after the other.

Trail Head: 38.773644, -109.586382
Trail Type: Hiking
Length: 0.6-mile round trip
Difficulty: Easy

To get there, take the Broken Arch Trail from the campground. The trail heads northeast for just under 1/5 of a mile before it turns for Broken Arch to the southeast. At the turn, a smaller trail heads northwest to the base of the second large sandstone fin, and the Tapestry Arch.


The Devils Garden Campground is a popular place to spend the night at Arches, with restrooms, showers, and lots of hiking just right around the corner. The campground also hosts the Broken Arch Loop Trail, which runs past Tapestry Arch, and Broken Arch, and then swings south towards, though not passing, Sand Dune Arch and then back up past Skyline Arch before returning to the campground.


Tapestry Arch is labeled as a triple arch by many outdoor enthusiasts, which is a misnomer. While the arches all share the same sandstone fin, they do not in any way touch, and therefore are not part of a triple arch.


This arch sits high atop the rocks of the Devils Garden, visible from many areas of the park. It is easy to hike up to the arch, but requires some scrambling and rock-hopping skill in order to approach closer.


Broken Arch is not really broken at all, though it is wearing thin along the lintel. It is still standing, and likely will be after the majority of our buildings have rusted and crumbled away. Broken Arch lies along the east end of the Broken Arch Trail, 0.83 miles from the (south) parking lot on the road.


Sand Dune Arch is located on a little spur trail at the south end of the Broken Arch Trail, near the parking lot on the road. The trail up to Sand Dune Arch becomes quite narrow for a few hundred yards, a small slot canyon. It continues past the arch for a little way before choking up and becoming impassable. The arch itself has its base covered by piles of wind-driven sand, and is hidden within the slot canyon created by two massive, adjacent sandstone fins.

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