Castle Arch Trail

Canyonlands National Park - Needles District, Utah

Elevation Gain277ft
Trailhead Elevation5,313ft
Elevation Min/Max5313/5540ft
Elevation Start/End5313/5313ft

Castle Arch Trail

Castle Arch Trail is a hiking trail in San Juan County, Utah. It is within Canyonlands National Park - Needles District. It is 0.6 miles long and begins at 5,313 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 277 feet. This trail connects with the following: Horse Canyon Road.

Castle Arch Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Castle Arch is certainly one of the most beautiful natural arches in Canyonlands. High and graceful, with only a thin sliver of sandstone at its apex, it is about 200 feet wide, 150 feet high, and perhaps 6 feet thick at its thinnest point. It is a very old arch with probably only a few centuries of existence left before it collapses.

Castle Arch reminds me a great deal of Landscape Arch in Arches National Park, except that its location is much less accessible. It sits high on a ridge overlooking Horse Canyon with nothing but blue sky behind it. Trail: Not well maintained, but easy to follow."

"A short, uphill walk to a big arch accessed by a four-wheel-drive road. Just before the end of Horse Canyon Road is the trailhead sign for Castle Arch Trail and a spot to pull off the main road. From here the trail heads west through a heavily vegetated valley on a slightly uphill grade, nicely carpeted with oak leaves, but a bit primitive and brushy in places.

It is a real treat for students of high desert vegetation. You can see the arch throughout most of the hike. However, the trail doesn’t go to the arch, and in fact has no clearly definable end. Instead it just gets more and more faint, and you’ll know when it’s time to take one last look at the arch and head back to your vehicle."

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Trail Information

Canyonlands National Park - Needles District
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Canyonlands National Park - Needles District
Canyonlands National Park
Nat Geo Trails Illustrated Map: Needles
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Nat Geo TOPO! Map (USGS): South Six-shooter Peak
USGS South Six-Shooter Peak
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Oct 2018