Explore Sunset Arch

Utah Hole in the rock road

Added by Phill Monson

Sunset Arch is a remote sandstone arch deep within the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. This is a great spot for photos from sunset to sunrise as few people will be there.

Beginning in the small town town of Escalante, head out to the somewhat famous Hole in the Rock road. Most passenger cars can make this, though an All-Wheel or 4x4 with higher clearance is recommended. Once on Hole in the Rock, drive ~36 miles to the 40 Mile Ridge turn off - here you will have to have high clearance to travel the 4 miles to a small parking lot off to your right. Once in the lot, hike due South roughly one mile until you find yourself at a sandstone outcrop, and Sunset Arch.

There are other great formations around, but Sunset is the most prominent, and most photogenic. Take time to see all angels of the Arch, and find your photographic vision.

Sunset Arch is aptly named as the last light of the day hits the arch, though be sure to stay for the stars in one of the darkest skies on Earth.

Pack List

If you plan on shooting the Arch at night, I recommend a light pack to take with you - sleeping bag, some food, etc. I'd recommend the following:

  • Water
  • Good hiking shoes
  • Jacket
  • Food/snacks
  • Camera and Tripod
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5 months ago

Awesome Photogenic Arch

This arch is very photogenic and is not nearly as popular as other arches. It is a little difficult to find since there is no trail to the arch but with a GPS it wasn't bad. The hike was short and the arch was beautiful. Don't forget to see the nearby sunrise arch while you are in the area.

5 months ago

Added by Phill Monson

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