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Overview

RATING: Easy / Moderate Hike
MAPS: GOLD BAR CANYON, UT

Mon

85 | 51

Tue

85 | 49

Wed

86 | 51

Thu

86 | 54

Fri

82 | 54

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SEASON: Any, though summers can be hot.
GEAR: Standard Hiking Gear
WATER: None.

Mon

85 | 51

Tue

85 | 49

Wed

86 | 51

Thu

86 | 54

Fri

82 | 54

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The railroad near the trailhead.

The railroad near the trailhead.

Though just a minute more down the road than Corona Arch, Gold Bar (Jeep) arch sees quite a bit less traffic. Personally, I think Gold Bar Arch is one of the best non-National Park arch hikes around Moab. The route has excellent scenery throughout, with the trail going through the stunning Gold Bar arch before looping back. I enjoy the Corona Arch hike but recommend Gold Bar Arch more highly.

The hike is a bit further with a bit more elevation than Corona Arch. At 4-ish miles and 800 feet of gain, the Gold Bar Arch hike is suitable for families that are comfortable with that distance. The iconic arch is hard to get a bad photo of! The arch span is about 66'

Note: The area is used by Big Horn Sheep when rearing their young. Please keep dogs on a leash or under close voice control to help ensure the Big Horn Sheep aren't disturbed. Also note, there is no water available on the hike, and it can be scorching in the summer. Be sure to bring plenty of water for yourself and pets.
Great views along the trail

Great views along the trail

Getting There

From Moab, travel north on highway 191 for a little over a mile from the bridge over the Colorado river to the junction with highway 279. Turn left onto 279, and follow this highway 1o.2 miles to a small parking area on the right with a culvert going under the railroad. This is 0.3 miles past the signed Corona Arch parking area and at milepost 5.

The trail goes between Gold Bar Tower and the mesa.

The trail goes between Gold Bar Tower and the mesa.

Route

To The Loop (1.2 miles)
From the parking area, the trail crosses under the railroad using the large culvert. Once on the other side, go left at the signed junction. The trail climbs to the railroad, then leaves the railroad and heads north.

Though the trail sees quite a bit of use, there are many errant cairns. Be sure to keep an eye out on the hike to stay on the most used path.

After about 1.2 miles, the loop junction is reached.

The Loop (1.6 miles)
The loop can be done in either direction, but I think it is much more stunning when done clockwise. Go left at the loop junction. The trail works up to the base of Gold Bar Tower and passes it on its east side. Once between the tower and the mesa, be sure to pick up the trail again. It is down off the slickrock from the mesa in the dirt bottom.

The trail crosses an open plain, then the cliff wall that contains Gold Bar Arch comes into view. Stunning! The trail goes to the base, then scrambled up through the arch. This is a touch scrambly, but with little exposure.

The arch is a great lunch spot and has great views of the La Sal mountains and Behind the Reef area. The trail leaves the arch and heads back to the loop junction. Be sure to find the most used and cairned trail leaving the arch.

From the loop junction, it is an easy 1.2 miles back to the trailhead.


Maps

Route / 3.87 miles / Elevation Range 3,964 - 4,989 ft.
Printable Maps:
Trailhead

12S 618797mE 4270890mN

N38° 34' 43" W109° 38' 10"

Loop Jct

12S 618878mE 4272214mN

N38° 35' 26" W109° 38' 06"

Arch

12S 618480mE 4273156mN

N38° 35' 56" W109° 38' 22"

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