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.
Fortress Arch Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Bill Schneider, Hiking Canyonlands and Arches National Parks (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--David Day, Canyonlands National Park: Favorite Jeep Roads & Hiking Trails (Rincon Publishing).
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