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Jeep Arch (Gold Bar Arch) Trail

 
Jeep Arch (Gold Bar Arch) Trail

Page Type: Route

Location: Utah, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 38.59907°N / 109.63955°W

Object Title: Jeep Arch (Gold Bar Arch) Trail

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Hike

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Created/Edited: Apr 11, 2015 / Oct 29, 2016

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Overview

Jeep Arch (aka Gold Bar Arch) rises at the upper end of a beautiful stony canyon to the north of Colorado River near the town of Moab, Utah. Jeep Arch is so called because, with some imagination, the opening of the arch may appear as the silhouette of a Jeep. A trail/beaten path start on Potash Road near Colorado River, goes through a culvert under railroad tracks and then climbs 900 vertical feet up the canyon to reach the arch. La Sal Mountains can be seen through the opening of Jeep Arch.


Jeep Arch (aka Gold Bar Arch) Trail
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Getting There

From Moab follow Route 191 north. Cross the Colorado River and continue 1.4 miles until you see the sign for State Route 279 (Potash Road). Turn left (west) onto this road and follow it paralleling Colorado River. A little more than 11 miles, you will see a sign for Corona Arch Trailhead. Park just beyond this trailhead where you see a culvert under railroad tracks. You will have to hike through this culvert. I did not see any signs for Jeep Arch Trail.

Route Description

Trailhead Elevation: 3960 ft
Elevation at Jeep Arch: 4860 ft
Distance: 2.1 miles one way




At the trailhead, you will see a culvert running through a railroad embankment. Hike through the culvert.

Trail goes through the culvert
 
Hiking through the culvert
Walking through the culvert


Right after exiting the culvert, I saw a sign saying “Jeep Arch Trail” pointing to the left (west). The trail took me up the western slopes of the canyon a short distance and then came to a sudden end. I did not know why that misleading sign was there. If you have any information about the sign, please let me know (see information provided by others under "Comments"). The route described here ignores the sign and remains at the bottom of the canyon for some time.

You will find yourself at the bottom of a canyon. Follow the beaten path up the canyon.

Canyon, right after exiting the culvert
 


You will then reach a dry water pour-over. A beaten path on the right (east) side of the canyon will take you above the pour-over

First pour-over
 
Near the first pour-over
 


Continue up the canyon until you reach a second pour-over. A pool of water may be spotted at the base of this pour-over. A path on the right side will take you to its top.

Near the second dry pour-over
 
Water pool from above the second pour-over
 


The floor of the canyon will now be made of slickrock. Boulders come to fill the canyon.

Boulder filled canyon, where you exit the canyon
 
Slickrock canyon, near where you climb out
 


You will need to leave the floor of the canyon at this spot. Locate the cairns on the left side that take you up a slope.

The cairns show the route up the slope
Cairns showing the way up the slopes


Looking back down into the canyon:

Looking back down into the canyon
 
Boulder filled canyon, looking back down after leaving the canyon
 


Continue following the cairns up the western slopes of the canyon.

On Jeep Arch Trail
 
On Jeep Arch Trail
 
On Jeep Arch Trail
 
On Jeep Arch Trail
 


Once you get near this tower, the trail splits starting a loop. You can go one way and return the other.

Where the loop starts
 


Continuing up:

On Jeep Arch Trail
 
On Jeep Arch trail
 
On Jeep Arch Trail
 
On Jeep Arch Trail
 



On Jeep Arch Trail
 
On Jeep Arch Trail
 
On Jeep Arch Trail
 
On Jeep Arch Trail
 


East face of Jeep Arch:

East face of Jeep Arch
East face of Jeep Arch


West face of Jeep Arch:

West face of Jeep Arch
 
West face of Jeep Arch
 


La Sal Mountains seen through the opening of the arch:

La Sal Mountains seen through the openning of Jeep Arch
 


Views from the arch:

Colorado River more than 900 ft below, as seen from Jeep Arch
Colorado River barely seen
Views near Jeep Arch
 
Views near Jeep Arch
 
Views near Jeep Arch
 




Essential Gear

Hiking equipment.

Images

West face of Jeep ArchWest face of Jeep ArchEast face of Jeep ArchOn Jeep Arch TrailWater pool from above the second pour-overOn Jeep Arch TrailJeep Arch (aka Gold Bar Arch) Trail
On Jeep Arch TrailWhere the loop startsNear the first pour-overOn Jeep Arch TrailNear the second dry pour-overViews near Jeep ArchOn Jeep Arch Trail
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