Fortress Arch

Monticello, Utah

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Fortress Arch is about as different from the nearby Castle Arch as two arches can be. There is nothing graceful about this span. It is big and bulky, the way you would expect a fortress to be, with at least 150 feet of stone suspended above the opening. In comparing the two you can see that Fortress Arch is young and brawny, while Castle Arch is very old and fragile. Fortress Arch will continue to stand tall on the top of its ridge for many thousands of years after its neighbor has collapsed into a heap of rubble. Trail: Not well maintained, but 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)

Fortress Arch is about as different from the nearby Castle Arch as two arches can be. There is nothing graceful about this span. It is big and bulky, the way you would expect a fortress to be, with at least 150 feet of stone suspended above the opening.

In comparing the two you can see that Fortress Arch is young and brawny, while Castle Arch is very old and fragile. Fortress Arch will continue to stand tall on the top of its ridge for many thousands of years after its neighbor has collapsed into a heap of rubble. Trail: Not well maintained, but easy to follow.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Monticello
Distance: 1.5
Elevation Gain: 160 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 45 minutes
Season: Year-round, best spring and fall
Trailhead Elevation: 5,320 feet
Top Elevation: 5,480 feet
Local Contacts: Canyonlands National Park
Local Maps: USGS South Six-Shooter Peak
Driving Directions: Directions to Fortress Arch

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