Tower Arch Drive

Moab, Utah

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This tour includes Klondike Bluffs, Marching Men, Tower and Eye of the Whale arches, as well as views of the La Sal Mountains. It’s best in spring and fall. Below Salt Valley is a shifting salt bed thousands of feet thick, deposited by an evaporating sea 300 million years ago. Its movement has lifted and distorted the Jurassic Period (144–208 million years ago) salmon-hued Entrada Sandstone and buff-colored Navajo Sandstone deposited on top of it by floods, winds and oceans. That movement and erosion created the park’s famous arches. Pets must be kept on leashes and are limited to the road corridor. No backcountry camping is permitted along the roads. If you explore on foot or bike, stick to slickrock and washes. Never step or ride on cryptobiotic crust, the fragile topsoil everywhere in canyon country. Vital to the ecology, it takes decades to recover.
Utah Byways

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Utah Byways

by Tony Huegel (Wilderness Press)

This tour includes Klondike Bluffs, Marching Men, Tower and Eye of the Whale arches, as well as views of the La Sal Mountains. It’s best in spring and fall.

Below Salt Valley is a shifting salt bed thousands of feet thick, deposited by an evaporating sea 300 million years ago. Its movement has lifted and distorted the Jurassic Period (144–208 million years ago) salmon-hued Entrada Sandstone and buff-colored Navajo Sandstone deposited on top of it by floods, winds and oceans. That movement and erosion created the park’s famous arches.

Pets must be kept on leashes and are limited to the road corridor. No backcountry camping is permitted along the roads. If you explore on foot or bike, stick to slickrock and washes. Never step or ride on cryptobiotic crust, the fragile topsoil everywhere in canyon country. Vital to the ecology, it takes decades to recover.

©  Tony Huegel/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Moab
Distance: 22.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Best spring and fall
Local Contacts: Arches National Park
Local Maps: DeLorme Utah Atlas and Gazeteer; Trails Illustrated No. 211 (Arches National Park)
Driving Directions: Directions to Tower Arch Drive

Recent Trail Reviews

6/21/2009
1

This trail is better than expected!!! You definitely need clearance to get over some steep rock climbs and undulating rocky terrain..... Not the most intense trail you can do in moab, but good enough to have fun and not tear up you vehicle to bad.... The views are great and some great hiking trail off the way to get to some arches....



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