Share:

Funnel Arch Hike

Moab

Moab, Arches + La Sal Mountains, Utah

Start Exploring
Funnel Arch Hike

Share:

Advertisement
  • Funnel Arch at sunset.- Funnel Arch Hike
  • Rappelling is a unique way to experience the arch.- Funnel Arch Hike
  • The parking area on Kane Creek Road.- Funnel Arch Hike
  • The scramble. Be careful here.- Funnel Arch Hike
  • Approaching the arch through a slot between rock fins.- Funnel Arch Hike
  • Streaked sandstone along the hike to Funnel Arch.- Funnel Arch Hike
  • Nature's picture frame.- Funnel Arch Hike
  • Looking down into Kane Creek Canyon.- Funnel Arch Hike
  • These rappellers are with a commercial guide. You can also do this on your own with proper equipment and experience.- Funnel Arch Hike
  • Lowering into the "funnel."- Funnel Arch Hike
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Natural arch. Vista. Short hike.
Cons: 
Steep hike.
Advertisement
Region:
Moab, Arches + La Sal Mountains, UT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
140.00 ft (42.67 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.00 mi (1.61 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,270.00 ft (1,301.50 m)
Current Local Weather:
Advertisement
Hike Description

Hike Description

Pro Contributor

This is an impressive arch very close to Moab. Even though the trip from town is only a 15-minute drive and a 15-minute hike, it is unknown to most because of its location, unmarked and hidden from the road.

Funnel Arch is the same type of formation so abundant in Arches National Park, Jurassic-age sandstone that weathers into fins and crumbles into arches. The pale red rock really lights up at sunset on this west-facing formation, so a quick trip up from town or camp in Kane Creek is a good way to end the day.

Commercial guides in Moab frequent the arch because of its proximity, and relative privacy. If you are going with guides, they may lead you on a scramble up the slickrock to a perch over the arch where there is a bolted anchor for rappelling. Even without a guide, you can drop your own rope for a dramatic free-hanging descent off the arch.

Funnel Arch is accessed from Kane Creek Boulevard, which is the well-traveled road to campsites, biking, hiking, and petroglyphs in Kane Creek Canyon. Park in a large pullout just above the switchbacks, then scramble up a series of rock ledges and aim for an obvious, steep drainage just above. This part requires a short section of fifth-class climbing, but there are good holds if you look closely. After topping out, continue uphill to the right. You will round the corner of a large rock fin on your left and turn that direction into another slot drainage with a juniper tree growing in the middle. This is a much easier ascent than the last, and Funnel Arch will be in view once you are at the top.

The steep scramble is worth more than just the arch, however. Venturing to the cliff's edge reveals a bird's-eye view of Kane Creek Canyon, including the switchbacks, the Tombstone area, the watercourse below, and the seemingly endless slickrock above.

Note: As you are hiking to Funnel Arch (or hiking in any Southwest desert), be careful not to step on delicate soil crusts that protect sandy ground from erosion.

Updates, Tips + Comments

Updates, Tips + Comments

Field Guide + Trail Map

Field Guide + Trail Map

Download
Advertisement
Location + Directions

Location + Directions

Nearby Camping + Lodging

(8 within a 30 mile radius)

Nearby Adventures

(61 within a 30 mile radius)

Advertisement
Related Content

Related Content

Adventure Community

Adventure Community

Who Wants To Do It
133 Members
Who's Done It
21 Members
Submission by
Pro Contributor
448 Adventures Explored
304 Adventures Published

Newsletter Signup

Join the Outdoor Project Community

Get access to essential planning materials and information for your next adventure. Take a few seconds to join the community. It’s FREE!

Free Field Guides + Maps

Post Updates, Tips + Comments

Organize + Track Your Adventures

Insider Detailed Info, News + Benefits

Custom Driving Directions

Recommended Campsites, Photos + Reservation Info