Jeep Arch – Moab

Moab, UT

Eastern Utah has experienced high winds and rain for the past two days so we have been forced to rest a bit.  But today the winds subsided a little and the sun was peeking through the clouds, so it was time to get back out into the rocks.  Temperatures were a bit low in the morning so we decided to wait to head out until just before noon and hike to Jeep Arch, a round trip hike of about four miles.

The trail begins along Potash Road about a quarter mile past the parking areas for the Corona Arch Trail.  It begins by going through a large drainage tunnel under a set of railroad tracks.

The nimble hiker entering the tunnel

A drainage tunnel, or a portal to another dimension?

Entering the Twilight Zone!

Just past the tunnel the trail turns to the left and begins to gain in elevation.  Signs and cairns clearly mark the way.

At 1.2 miles the trail splits into a loop.  Our hiking book recommends doing the loop in a clockwise direction, so we took the left fork and headed up into the rocks.

The arrow points to a large cairn marking the trail

The climb up this part of the trail is steep and requires a bit of scrambling, but it is only for a short distance.

Once up that part of the trail things level out for a bit.  Soon Jeep Arch comes into view to the north.  The arch is also called the Gold Bar Arch, after the nearby recreation area along the river.  The resemblance to a jeep may be a stretch for some.

Looks like a boat from here

The trail leads right up and through the arch.

The tall, young hiker gives some perspective as to the size of this arch

The path up to the arch

After enjoying a snack under the arch we headed back down the trail on the other side.

The trail on the other side has a more gradual elevation change.  So if you want to do this hike but don’t like having to use your hands and climb steeply, you can go counter clockwise at the Loop sign and make it an out and back hike.

On the return hike we enjoyed some great views of the Colorado River in front of us.

Some spring blooms added color to the trail.

The weather is suppose to clear and warm up in the coming week, so we will be busy exploring new areas around Moab.   Oh boy, more rocks to come!

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21 Responses to Jeep Arch – Moab

  1. Sue says:

    love the Twilight Light zone shot!

  2. Gay says:

    It’s a nice hike, isn’t it? Lots of nice views and the flowers kept me busy!

  3. beautiful area and great photos!

  4. pmbweaver says:

    That nimble hiker better be sure it doesn’t decided to downpour. She may get a bit wet…lol
    Gorgeous hike as always.

  5. Sherry says:

    For some reason those drainage tunnels always make me nervous. The arch looked like a tank to me so I like the jeep image better. Great perspective with the young hiker there and fabulous shot of Pam with the river in the background. Looks like an excellent hike.

  6. Mary says:

    That is a big arch. Looks like a fun hike too.

  7. Jim and Barb says:

    We did a somewhat strenuous hike the other day. While we were huffing and puffing Barb turned to me and said “I bet John and Pam would blow by us right now” We got a good laugh and carried on…….

  8. Jeff says:

    Another hike for my bucket list! Beautiful views, the cactus in bloom, the arch as a destination and it can be a loop. Wow it’s got everything!

  9. geogypsy2u says:

    Yet another marvelous hike. You two sure know how to find them. Glad you decided not to drive the jeep through that arch.

  10. Ingrid says:

    You two should write a book on hiking trails. I know I use your blog for trail references all the time 😉

  11. Jodee Gravel says:

    Oh! The arch is the Jeep, not the trail……I get it! Great Twilight Zone pic 🙂 That arch really is massive, love the youngster standing under it. Wonderful views on this trail, and it looks like you had it to yourselves :-))))

    • placestheygo says:

      We did have the arch all to ourselves:) Midday hiking has been our friend. There seems to be the early morning crowd and the later afternoon group. Midday on various trail has been perfect.

  12. Laurel says:

    What a fun hike! The arch is gorgeous — and so is the view of the Colorado. Another one for the list. :-)) “Twilight Zone,” hehe. Glad there was something beautiful and not scary at the other end of the tunnel.

  13. Beautiful Shots! Spring blooms do bring out the beauty on a trail. 🙂

  14. Moab IS like entering the twilight zone! 😉 This one goes on the list!

  15. Keep those rock photos coming! You’re showing us lots of new hikes we have yet to do around Moab.

  16. LuAnn says:

    Yours will be the go-to reference for hiking in southern Utah. Great photos once again. Looks like a wonderful hike.

  17. Here’s a dumb question, how do you get those arrows in the pictures?

  18. I love Moab, great pics!

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