"A scenic route to a spectacular arch. Druid Arch is one of the most popular destinations in the Needles District. In addition to seeing a spectacular arch, hikers can experience much of the special environment of the Needles area along the way. You can reach Druid Arch from several routes, but the most commonly used route is the out-and-back route from Elephant Hill Trailhead." Read more
"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." Read more
"A day hike or overnighter through the Joint and on to a majestic arch. The first part of the route is a gradual uphill grade on a fairly rocky trail. Watch for cairns to stay on the correct route. After about a half mile, the trails slips into a long, narrow joint—the Joint—between two rock formations, almost like a slot canyon, for about a quarter mile. At the end of the Joint, you climb man-made but rustic “stairs” just before you emerge from the depths of the Joint." Read more