Owl Creek to Nevills Arch

Mexican Hat, Utah

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Nevills Arch is the highlight of this premier day hike. It can be part of a longer, multiday hike from Owl Creek to Fish Creek Loop. This specific route is one of the few hikes in the Cedar Mesa region not aimed at visiting Anasazi ruins, although you are still likely to see ancient granaries and dwellings. A perennial stream, riparian foliage, deep pools, several pour-offs, and exciting stretches of slickrock walking make this an attractive day hike. Although the hike to Nevills Arch is much easier without the burden of a backpack, the route is not suitable for novice canyon country hikers. Routefinding, scrambling, and steep slickrock friction pitches en route down Owl Creek Canyon demand that hikers have previous canyoneering experience.
Hiking Grand Staircase-Escalante & the Glen Canyon Region

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Hiking Grand Staircase-Escalante & the Glen Canyon Region

by Ron Adkison (Falcon Guides)

Nevills Arch is the highlight of this premier day hike. It can be part of a longer, multiday hike from Owl Creek to Fish Creek Loop. This specific route is one of the few hikes in the Cedar Mesa region not aimed at visiting Anasazi ruins, although you are still likely to see ancient granaries and dwellings. A perennial stream, riparian foliage, deep pools, several pour-offs, and exciting stretches of slickrock walking make this an attractive day hike.

Although the hike to Nevills Arch is much easier without the burden of a backpack, the route is not suitable for novice canyon country hikers. Routefinding, scrambling, and steep slickrock friction pitches en route down Owl Creek Canyon demand that hikers have previous canyoneering experience.

©  Ron Adkison/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mexican Hat
Distance: 8.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Season: Apr through early June; Sept
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: Snow Flat Spring Cave USGS
Driving Directions: Directions to Owl Creek to Nevills Arch

Recent Trail Reviews

4/15/2003
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The hike starts dramatically by descending steeply down the slickrock drainage of sandstone with stairstep like contours from the 170 million year old pertrified sand dune that formed Cedar Mesa and the surrounding areas. As we descended the steepest section of slickrock, there was a partially intact Kiva with two adjacent chambers tucked into an alcove on our right We soon reached the floor of Owl Canyon and headed downstream for Nevill's Arch. There were several small Anasazi structures visible up high on the South facing canyon walls. The hike was beautiful as we wound down thru the canyon. There were several pools along the way. The trail follows the creekbed for the most part and is relatively flat. After about 3 miles of hiking, Nevill's Arch became visible up high on our left. It was quite a spectacular setting. There were some barely visible cliff dwellings up near the arch. What an incredible setting this must have been 700 years ago, having naturally sculptured Nevills Arch as your own personal artwork in the front yard! After enjoying the view of the arch over lunch, we started hiking back up to the rim. Our return 4-mile hike was equally enjoyable, with the temperature in the mid 60's.



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