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Arches Trail

Red Canyon

Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, Utah

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  • This arch is one of the highlight formations on the Arches Trail.- Arches Trail
  • Park in the Losee Canyon Trailhead lot.- Arches Trail
  • The trailhead is across the small access road to the north.- Arches Trail
  • The trails starts out flat, then it begins to climb into the canyon.- Arches Trail
  • This structure is said to have been used as a cache by the Butch Cassidy gang.- Arches Trail
  • This arch is a great spot to explore.- Arches Trail
  • Rock formations frame the surrounding vistas.- Arches Trail
  • Great views from the Arches Trail.- Arches Trail
  • On a clear day you can see pretty far!- Arches Trail
  • Hoodoos on the Arches Trail.- Arches Trail
  • Great rewards for an easy, short hike.- Arches Trail
  • - Arches Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Beautiful views. Interesting geology.
Cons: 
None.
Region:
Zion + Bryce Canyon Area, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
191.00 ft (58.22 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
0.80 mi (1.29 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,044.00 ft (2,147.01 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Red Canyon is administered by the Forest Service and has quite a few trails and a small visitor center right on Highway 12. While the geology here is similar that in to Bryce Canyon, the buses full of eager tourists pass it right by. This short hike through the beautiful Red Canyon area is really worth the stop on the way to or from Bryce. Just a 2-mile drive off Highway 12, the trail provides a fascinating and intimate look at this unique area.

Once you've parked at Losee Canyon Trailhead, look north across the driveway for the trailhead marker. The trail initially descends across a dry wash before it climbs toward the rocky bluffs beyond and passes a small rock hut with a door opening. It is said that this was used by the Butch Cassidy gang to store food and supplies. Just past this point, the trail joins the loop and can be taken either right or left. There are some opportunities for more off-trail climbing to explore the arches and rock windows that abound in this area. The views to the Sevier River Valley to the west are beautiful, especially when they are framed by the sandstone formations.

This hike can be combined with one of the short hikes from the nearby visitor center, such as the Pink Ledges Trail, to make a great half-day of exploration around the Red Canyon area.

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Garfield County is located in southern Utah and provides access to nearly a dozen national/state park and forest areas, including Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands and Capitol Reef national parks. Visitors enjoy epic road trips while exploring Scenic Byways 12 and 143—highways so spectacular they’ve been recognized by the Federal Highway Administration for their one-of-a-kind features. The area is only an hour drive to a commercial airport and four hours from either Las Vegas or Salt Lake City. To plan your own world-class vacation, visit brycecanyoncountry.com or call the Garfield County Tourism Office, at 800-444-6689.

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