Druid Arch Trail

Canyonlands National Park - Needles District, Utah

Distance6.5mi
Elevation Gain2,322ft
Trailhead Elevation5,324ft
Top5,917ft
Elevation Min/Max5210/5917ft
Elevation Start/End5324/5308ft

Druid Arch Trail

Druid Arch Trail is a hiking trail in San Juan County, Utah. It is within Canyonlands National Park - Needles District. It is 6.5 miles long and begins at 5,324 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 9.0 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,322 feet. Along the trail there are springs. The trail ends near the Druid Arch attraction. This trail connects with the following: Chesler Park Trail, Squawflat Loop, Elephant Hill Path and Chesler Park Trail.

Druid Arch Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"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."

"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."

"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."

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7/18/2018
The landscape here is astonishing! The hike is not really so hard because the terrain is mostly flat--but it is quite long, HOT (this time of year), with definitely some rock scrambling involved, and there is a lot of sand. In that way I guess it could be described as difficult. As brutal as the heat may make it, the Druid Arch is INCREDIBLE.
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3/22/2012
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.
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10/12/2010
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.
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3/24/2009
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!!
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9/14/2006
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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Trail Information

Canyonlands National Park - Needles District
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Canyonlands National Park - Needles District
Parks
Canyonlands National Park
Nat Geo Trails Illustrated Map: Needles
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Nat Geo TOPO! Map (USGS): Druid Arch
Nat Geo TOPO! Map (USGS): The Loop and Druid Arch
USGS The Loop, Druid Arch
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