Skyline Arch | Arches

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Arches

Overview

RATING: Easy Hiking
MAPS: MOLLIE HOGANS, UT;

Mon

Sunny, with a high near 81. South southwest wind 5 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

81 | 54

Tue

A slight chance of rain showers before noon, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

66 | 49

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 75.

75 | 42

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 80.

80 | 50

Fri

Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

77 | 51

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SEASON: Any
WATER: None

Mon

Sunny, with a high near 81. South southwest wind 5 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

81 | 54

Tue

A slight chance of rain showers before noon, then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

66 | 49

Wed

Sunny, with a high near 75.

75 | 42

Thu

Sunny, with a high near 80.

80 | 50

Fri

Mostly sunny, with a high near 77.

77 | 51

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Skyline Arch from near the trailhead on a winter day.

Skyline Arch from near the trailhead on a winter day.

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.

Skyline Arch informational sign.

Skyline Arch informational sign.

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.

Skyline Arch

Skyline Arch

Skyline Arch

Skyline Arch

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!


Photos

Maps

Route / 0.41 miles / Elevation Range 5,176 - 5,219 ft.
Printable Maps:
Trailhead

12S 622407mE 4292413mN

N38° 46' 19" W109° 35' 27"

Skyline Arch

12S 622435mE 4292716mN

N38° 46' 29" W109° 35' 26"

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