Moonshine Arch (Vernal, UT)

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Utah, United States, North America
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Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
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Less than two hours

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Moonshine Arch (Vernal, UT)
Created On: Oct 14, 2017
Last Edited On: Oct 14, 2017


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 ArchMoonshine Arch
Moonshine ArchMoonshine Arch

Near the arch.

Near Moonshine Arch
Part of Moonshine Arch seen

Looking down at the arch.

Looking down at Moonshine ArchFrom 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