Druid Arch

Monticello, Utah

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High on the rim above Elephant Canyon, with nothing but blue sky behind it, stands the stately, chiseled profile of Druid Arch. The ancient arch reminds many people of Stonehenge in southern England; hence its name. (The Druids are the people who built Stonehenge.) In her book, Desert Quartet, Terry Tempest Williams shares with us her first impression of Druid Arch: Red Rock. Blue sky. This arch is structured metamorphosis. Once a finlike tower, it has been perforated by a massive cave-in, responsible now for the keyholes where wind enters and turns. What has been opened, removed, eroded away, is as compelling to me as what remains. Druid Arch-inorganic matter-rock rising from the desert floor as a creation of time, weathered, broken, and beautiful. Trail: Well marked, easy to follow.
Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails

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Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails

by David Day (Rincon Publishing)

High on the rim above Elephant Canyon, with nothing but blue sky behind it, stands the stately, chiseled profile of Druid Arch. The ancient arch reminds many people of Stonehenge in southern England; hence its name. (The Druids are the people who built Stonehenge.) In her book, Desert Quartet, Terry Tempest Williams shares with us her first impression of Druid Arch: Red Rock. Blue sky. This arch is structured metamorphosis.

Once a finlike tower, it has been perforated by a massive cave-in, responsible now for the keyholes where wind enters and turns. What has been opened, removed, eroded away, is as compelling to me as what remains. Druid Arch-inorganic matter-rock rising from the desert floor as a creation of time, weathered, broken, and beautiful. Trail: Well marked, easy to follow.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Monticello
Distance: 10.2
Elevation Gain: 800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Day hike
Duration: 6 hours
Season: Year-round, best spring and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 5,120 feet
Top Elevation: 5,740 feet
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS The Loop, Druid Arch
Driving Directions: Directions to Druid Arch

Recent Trail Reviews

3/22/2012
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We hiked to Druid from our Chesler Park campsite, so it was a fairly easy 6-mile round trip hike. There is a fair amount of elevation change. Luckily in the springtime, water was plentiful in the canyon. Just before the Arch, there is a cairn directing you from the wash to a sandy bench trail on the left. Somehow we missed it but backtracked and got back on trail. Lovely, stunning arch equal to Delicate. Well worth the hike.


10/12/2010
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This is a good hike but in my opinion is more difficult than it appears to be on paper. That could have been because I hiked it about a week after the area was hit by thunderstorms which apparently necessitated a number of reroutes in the trial. It was difficult to follow and some of the stone markers were out of place possibly because of the reroutes. The markers weren't always very visible and required a greater effort to stay on trail. The elevation change beginning to end is only about 400 feet but the numerous ups and downs of the trail probably double that. All in all it was a worthwhile hike to see the rock formations and the unusual shape of Druid Arch.


3/24/2009
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First canyon hike...late March was a good time to go. Great wayfaring with cairns. Loved the canyons and the rock formations. Would do again!!


9/14/2006
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The trail to Druid Arch is a tremendous hike through the needles section of Canyonlands National Park. The hike is along slickrock plateaus, through slot canyons and a dry wash. The last part of the hike to Druid Arch requires a bit of scrambling. Take plenty of water as the sun is unmerciful.



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