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Moonshine Arch (Vernal, UT)

 
Moonshine Arch (Vernal, UT)

Page Type: Route

Location: Utah, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 40.55612°N / 109.54615°W

Object Title: Moonshine Arch (Vernal, UT)

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Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Less than two hours

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Page By: nader

Created/Edited: Oct 14, 2017 / Oct 14, 2017

Object ID: 1009017

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Overview

Moonshine Arch sits in the slickrock country to the north of Vernal, Utah in the foothills of Uinta Mountains. It is said to be 85 feet long and 40 feet above the ground. The hardest part of reaching Moonshine Arch is finding your way through the maze of nameless area dirt roads. The map below should clarify the correct path.

Getting There

From Vernal, Utah, drive 8 miles north on Route 191 to Steinaker Reservoir. A short distance north of the reservoir, Route 191 makes a turn to the right (east). Turn onto the dirt road on the left (west) side of the road and drive/hike as the map shows. The road was well graded to where I started my hike as in the map below.

Route Description

One way distance to the arch from where I parked was 1 miles with 320 ft of vertical gain.

Where I started the hike.

Where I started the hike
 


Slickrock country.

On the way to Moonshine Arch
 
On the way to Moonshone Arch
 

On the way to Moonshine Arch
 


The path goes uphill to reach Moonshine Arch.

Under Moonshine Arch
Moonshine Arch
Moonshine Arch
Moonshine Arch


Near the arch.

Near Moonshine Arch
 
Part of Moonshine Arch seen
 


Looking down at the arch.

Looking down at Moonshine Arch
From the slopes above the arch


Slickrock slopes.

slickrock slopes
 
Slickrock Slopes
 


I then climbed some of the slopes to get good views.

From the slopes above Moonshine Arch
 
From the slopes above Moonshine Arch
 
From the slopes above Moonshine Arch
 
From the slopes above Moonshine Arch
 

Images

Moonshine ArchUnder Moonshine ArchWhere I started the hikeFrom the slopes above Moonshine ArchFrom the slopes above Moonshine ArchFrom the slopes above Moonshine ArchPart of Moonshine Arch seen
From the slopes above Moonshine Archslickrock slopesSlickrock SlopesLooking down at Moonshine ArchNear Moonshine ArchOn the way to Moonshine ArchOn the way to Moonshone Arch
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