Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
363.00 ft (110.64 m)
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
1.60 mi (2.57 km)
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Spirit Arch Canyon is located in the northern section of San Rafael Swell (north of U.S. 70). The trailhead is at the mouth of a dry wash in the shade, which is rare for this area. From the parking area there are two trails. The one straight into a vegetated area is a dead end. Follow the trail to the left that parallels the cliffs of San Rafael Swell (this is the same trail to reach Petroglyph Canyon).  The trail will gradually round a corner and enter a dry wash. Cross the wash and ascend a steep hill with the wash on the right. The trail traverses above the wash until it makes a right turn back toward the wash. Keep right and follow into a box canyon. High on the left side of the canyon wall is a small arch that looks more like a sliver and another larger oval arch just below it. They are small and can easily be missed. The canyon is also referred to as Double Arch Canyon. Return the way you came. You can also add a side trip to another shallow box canyon to see some petroglyphs.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Fall

Congestion

Low

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Nice vertical arch.

Cons

Hot in summer.

Trailhead Elevation

4,298.00 ft (1,310.03 m)

Highest point

4,661.00 ft (1,420.67 m)

Features

Wildlife
Geologically significant

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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