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JEEP ARCH, UT

Most hik­ers know fall in the desert is spe­cial. Not many know about this re­drock arch.

Ev­ery­one knows Moab is best in fall—that’s why the crowd at Corona Arch looks like a tail­gate party. So here’s how to do one bet­ter in the Oc­to­ber-per­fect desert: Jeep Arch, less than 2 miles from Corona as the crow flies, yet still off the radar. The 45-foot-tall win­dow sits undis­turbed at the end of a slick­rock canyon that’s a fun, 1.8-mile hike in its own right.

Find the trail­head about a quar­ter-mile past the park­ing lot for Corona (near 38.5785, -109.6363). There, head north through the cul­vert to cross be­neath the railbed, then find the trail split­ting the re­drock walls to the north. The cairn-marked route snakes up and over dry pouroffs and across the scrubby slick­rock to a wide wall at the head of an am­phithe­ater—with a jeep-shaped cutout in the mid­dle. (Note: It’s called Gold Bar Arch on some topos.) From the win­dow, see the ser­pen­tine Colorado be­hind you and the snow-capped La Sal Moun­tains 20 miles south­east. Cross through the win­dow and loop clock­wise across the slick­rock to cre­ate a 4-mile lol­lipop. PER­MIT None CONTACT blm.gov/visit/jeep-arch-trail­head

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