Paria Movie Set to Starlight Arch

Church Wells, Utah

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The route begins on a usually washed-out dirt road, then follows a narrow, sinuous drainage to the foot of the Vermilion Cliffs. From there the hike ascends steep talus slopes, surmounting the cliffs on the rim of a wooded mesa, which is followed to the foot of the skyline arch. The aperture of Starlight Arch is visible from US 89 and briefly en route to the movie set as a pinpoint of light near the top of a cluster of Navajo Sandstone domes atop the Vermilion Cliffs. It seems a faraway, nigh unreachable goal, and those who complete this demanding hike gain a well-earned sense of accomplishment. Only hikers with determination, experience, and good routefinding skills should attempt this trip.
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)

The route begins on a usually washed-out dirt road, then follows a narrow, sinuous drainage to the foot of the Vermilion Cliffs. From there the hike ascends steep talus slopes, surmounting the cliffs on the rim of a wooded mesa, which is followed to the foot of the skyline arch.

The aperture of Starlight Arch is visible from US 89 and briefly en route to the movie set as a pinpoint of light near the top of a cluster of Navajo Sandstone domes atop the Vermilion Cliffs. It seems a faraway, nigh unreachable goal, and those who complete this demanding hike gain a well-earned sense of accomplishment. Only hikers with determination, experience, and good routefinding skills should attempt this trip.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Church Wells
Distance: 8.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5 to 6 hours
Season: Apr through May; Sept
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: Fivemile Valley and Calico Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Paria Movie Set to Starlight Arch

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