Fortress Arch Trail

Canyonlands National Park - Needles District, Utah

Elevation Gain301ft
Trailhead Elevation5,319ft
Elevation Min/Max5319/5620ft
Elevation Start/End5319/5319ft

Fortress Arch Trail

Fortress Arch Trail is a hiking trail in San Juan County, Utah. It is within Canyonlands National Park - Needles District. It is 0.4 miles long and begins at 5,319 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 301 feet. The trail ends near the Fortress Arch attraction. This trail connects with the following: Horse Canyon Road.

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"A short wash walk to a massive arch at the end of a four-wheel-
drive road. The Fortress Arch Trail starts right at the end of Horse Canyon Road. From the
parking area it heads up a dry wash and stays there for easy walking all the way. The
trail ends near a big, flat rock that makes an excellent spot to relax for a few minutes
while you marvel at this massive arch."

"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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Trail Information

Canyonlands National Park - Needles District
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Canyonlands National Park - Needles District
Canyonlands National Park
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USGS South Six-Shooter Peak
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Oct 2018