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Arches

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Overview


TICKS & TODOS: 2 Todo Lists / 0 Ticks
RATING: Easy Hiking
MAPS: MOLLIE HOGANS, UT;
WATER: None
SEASON: Any
Sat Hi:74 Lo:44 Sun Hi:76 Lo:48 Mon Hi:64 Lo:50 Tue Hi:65 Lo:44 Wed Hi:71 Lo:45
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A short leg stretcher, Skyline Arch makes a nice family outing. The arch is a good example of seeing geological events happened fairly recently. Skyline Arch was about 1/2 the size it currently is until rockfall in 1940 doubled the size of the arch. Boulders from the rockfall in 1940 are visible at the bottom of the arch. The collapse must have been quite dramatic.

The current arch size is about 33 feet high by 77 feet across, at least until the next geological event. The freeze-thaw cycle is one of the biggest contributors to rockfall and collapses in Arches, and will eventually be the demise of many arches over a long enough time span.

Getting There

From the Arches National Park visitor center, follow the Arches Scenic drive 16.7 miles from the visitor center. The trailhead is signed on the right, and the arch visible from the trailhead. This is about a mile before the end of the scenic drive and campground.


Route

The arch is visible from the trailhead and a short amble. It is possible to scramble up and under the arch directly, but there is a steep cliff on the other side, keep an eye on children!


Maps

Printable Maps:
Trailhead

12S 622407mE 4292414mN

N38° 46' 19" W109° 35' 27"

Skyline Arch

12S 622436mE 4292716mN

N38° 46' 29" W109° 35' 26"

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