The park that provides the world with the most recognizable images of Utah's Mighty 5® (Delicate Arch is on the state's license plates!), serves as the backdrop for our most popular longer distance race, the Arches Half Marathon. It's enough to push yourself but won't make your knees give you side eye.
Canyonlands Natural History Association is the official non-profit partner of the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Forest Service in southeast Utah. Since their inception in 1967, CNHA has donated over 16 million dollars to these public land managers, including Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, in support of their educational and research efforts. For more information on CNHA, or to become a member, please visit www.cnha.org.
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Participants of the Arches Half will receive a fanny pack and a finisher medal themed to to Arches National Park.
Pick a day and do it! Plan your own route and use the RaceJoy app to track your participation. By using the app, you'll also receive fun information about the Arches National Park, transforming you to a virtual paradise.
Post instant results from the RaceJoy app or submit your time manually on runsignup.com. Then, it's time to party. Post your pictures, share on social media, and tune in for a special post-race party in early January.
With more than 2,000 sandstone arches, Arches National Park has the highest concentration of natural arches in the world. The freestanding horseshoe-shaped Delicate Arch is the posterchild for the park, perched majestically on a cliff wall in front of a sandstone bowl. The arches are spectacular, coming in a full range of shapes and sizes, each seemingly with its own character. The park, set high above the surrounding desert and the nearby town of Moab, is also home to giant stone fins, spires, slickrock, sand dunes, and beautiful views that stretch to the distant La Sal Mountains. Short walks and hiking trails lead to spectacular sites, most of which are easy enough to be enjoyable for small children.
Delicate Arch is a 52-foot-tall freestanding natural arch formed of Entrada sandstone. It it looks familiar, that's because it appears on the Utah License plate. It's SUPER famous.
Balanced Rock is a massive rock resting on a narrow pillar 128 feet This rock is the largest of its kind in the park, weighing approximately the same as 27 blue whales. Wow!
Landscape Arch is the longest of the many natural rock arches located in Arches National Park. A reminder of the fragility of unique structures like these, the arch survived a partial collapse in 1973.
Devils Garden features a series of rock fins and arches formed by erosion and i part of the longest of the maintained trails in Arches National Park.
Double Arch is a close-set pair of natural arches within the Windows area of Arches. The pair share the same base making up the exterior legs of each arch.
This challenging 10.5-mile trail takes riders over a landscape of petrified sand dunes and the eroded remnants of ancient sea beds. After a half marathon run, who's in for an epic "cool-down" bike ride?
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