Hike to Broken Bow Arch
Utah › Hole in the Rock Road
Added by Thomas Burton
Broken Bow Arch is a large sandstone arch in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The marjoirty of the hike is in a beautiful sandstone canyon with minimal crowds. Dogs are allowed on-leash.
The trailhead starts at the Willow Gulch Trailhead, located just off of Hole in the Rock Road in the Grand Staircase -Escalante National Monument. The coordinates for the trailhead are 37.324812,-111.023019. To get there head east on highway 12 out of Escalante, Utah until you get to Hole in the Rock Road. Follow Hole in the Rock Road 41.6 miles until you see a road on the left. Follow that about a half mile till you come to a parking lot.
From the trailhead take the dirt path downhill past a rock formation called the Mortarboard Rock, that almost looks like a graduation cap. Soon you will enter a sandstone canyon and follow that canyon about 2.5 miles until you see Broken Bow Arch. The coordinates for the arch are 37.328576,-110.999914.
The arch got its name from an early explorer who found the remnants of a broken native american bow underneath the arch. There are a lot of good camping spots near the arch if you want to spend the night or you could continue on down the canyon for a longer hike. Or you can return the way you came and head back to the trailhead.
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Came down here with my girlfriend. It was her first time backpacking and this was the perfect hike for us to start with. Not too hard, you're still close to the car if something goes wrong, and we were the only people on the trail and in the canyon. It's beautiful and definitely a good place for a backpacking beginner!
Favorite Moab hike
This hike was my favorite I've done in all of Moab. The trail is a little hard to follow but it's definitely manageable and worth the trip to see. Some parts of the trail could be tricky to less experienced hikers so I would suggest being in fairly good shape to do this hike! The views are some of the best in the area.
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