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