Eye of the Whale

4.6/5 (33 reviews)
Walking through the Eye of the Whale feels like walking into the mythical Middle Earth. Bright green plant life, pink and reddish sand, and standing trees are seen through the portal view shaped like a giant eye, the Eye of the Whale. Getting there is half the fun. This four-wheel drive road ins...Read More
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Highlights of Eye of the Whale

Desert Category IconDesert
Iconic Category IconIconic
Sand Category IconSand
Wash Category IconWash
Highest Elevation
5087 ft
Shape of Trail
Straight Through
Typically Open
Year Round
Best Direction
North
Official Trail Name
Eye of the Whale
Nearest Town
Moab
Nearest Services
Moab
Management Agency
National Parks Service
District
Arches National Park

Overview

Walking through the Eye of the Whale feels like walking into the mythical Middle Earth. Bright green plant life, pink and reddish sand, and standing trees are seen through the portal view shaped like a giant eye, the Eye of the Whale. Getting there is half the fun. This four-wheel drive road inside Arches National Park is one of the more adventurous ways to visit while avoiding crowds. Deep sand, washes, and slickrock are all surrounded by the otherworldly rock formations that immortalize Arches National Park. Combine this with Tower Arch Road and Willow Springs Road for an unforgettable day in one of the most famous National Parks in the United States.

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10 Waypoints
32 Trail Photos
2 Trail Concerns
33 Community Reviews
1 Video
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