Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
575.00 ft (175.26 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
2.25 mi (3.62 km)
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Pinto Arch is located off Scenic Highway 279 near the more popular and impressive Corona Arch. While not quite as grand, Pinto Arch is still well worth the visit and is best combined with a trip to Corona Arch.

From the parking area the trail ascends somewhat steeply for the first few hundred yards until it flattens out and crosses a set of railroad tracks. You’ll also have stellar views down to the Colorado River and Gold Bar Campground below.

The trail continues to climb a bit as you carry on. Half a mile in you’ll reach an unsigned junction that can be easy to miss if not paying attention. The main trail carries on straight ahead (to Corona Arch) while another trail turns left. Take the trail to the left.

The path then turns to slickrock. Faint green blazes are painted onto the rock to help guide your way across this otherwise featureless path. Continue across the slick rock until the trail begins a short but steep climb to an upper sandstone shelf. You’ll even be able to see Pinto Arch to the right.

Once you’ve climbed up to this upper bench you’ll head to the right all the way to the arch. Pinto Arch is a good example of a pothole arch, formed over time by water and erosion. Once you’ve enjoyed your time at the arch, return the way you came and enjoy the fantastic views of the Colorado River as you descend back down to the trailhead.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Scenic hike. Cool arch.

Trailhead Elevation

3,986.00 ft (1,214.93 m)

Highest point

4,561.00 ft (1,390.19 m)

Features

Near lake or river
Vault toilet
Wildlife
Family friendly
Big vistas
Geologically significant

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

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