Pets allowed
Elevation Gain
90.00 ft (27.43 m)
Trail type
0.50 mi (0.80 km)
Please respect the outdoors by practicing Leave No Trace. Learn more about how to apply the principles of Leave No Trace on your next outdoor adventure here.

Wison Arch is one of the most visible and accessible arches in the Moab area, and it is well worth the short, steep hike up to see this massive formation up close. While Wilson Arch can be seen from the road for those who do not wish to climb up to the arch itself, Wilson's Arch is a great destination for all levels of hikers. The hike up is only 5 to 10 minutes, but make sure to pace yourself because it is steep and a little unstable as you traverse over the loose sand and rock. Sturdy footwear is highly recommended.

From the parking area you’ll see an obvious trail leading up to this impressive formation. Named for Dry Valley pioneer Joe Wilson, this 46-foot tall arch has an impressive span of 91 feet. As you make the final scramble up the Entrada Sandstone you’ll start to enjoy the expansive views of the surrounding area. From the top as you sit beneath Wilson Arch you can see extensions of the fin formation of which Wilson Arch is a part in addition to the broad plateau that stretches out toward Canyonlands National Park. Iconic, accessible, and rewarding, this hike to Wilson Arch is a great photo opportunity and a must-do for visitors to the Moab area.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Not Required


Easy access. Quick and short. Great views. Awesome in the morning.


Trail is steep and slippery. Parking is just on the side of the road.

Trailhead Elevation

6,040.00 ft (1,840.99 m)


Rock climbing
Big vistas
Geologically significant


Nearby Adventures


Have updates, photos, alerts, or just want to leave a comment?
Sign In and share them.