The trail head is a few miles south of the entrance gate and the Visitor Center on the main park road. The trail has many constructed steps for easy walking and passes through a sandy area of Pinon Pine and Utah Juniper to the arch perched on the rim of Buck Canyon. The canyon floor is 1200 feet below.
On a clear day the LaSal Mountains to the east can be framed through the arch. Along the left there is also a distant view of Washerwoman Arch.
It is possible to view Washerwoman Arch through Mesa Arch. This arch is a favorite of photographers who arrive at dawn to catch the rosy glow as it highlights the bottom edges of the arch. This short hike takes about 30 minutes.