|Highest Elevation:||5185 feet|
|Duration:||About 2 hours|
|Shape of Trail:||Out & Back|
|Best Direction to Travel:||N/A|
|Nearest Town w/ Services:||Moab|
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|Management Agency:||Arches National Park|
Situated just outside Moab is Arches National Park. Arches is a major tourist destination known for its many sandstone arches that seem to defy the laws of nature. However, most of these famous arches are easily accessible from the main paved road and that’s typically where the crowds flock. Arches is not widely considered a Jeeping destination because it does not contain many off-road trails within its boundaries. In one sense that’s a bummer, but another way to look at it is that all the Moab Jeep fanatics and big outfits won’t put Arches on their radar, which means that what is available may be wide open for the taking. A short hike over to Tower Arch, Parallel Arch, The Marching Men, and Anniversary Arch make this trail a must do.
Rutted and/or rocky road. No shelves but rocks to 9". Water crossings usually less than hub deep. Passable mud. Grades moderate, up to 15 degrees. Side hill moderate up to 15 degrees. 4WD under most conditions. No width problems, vehicle passing spots frequently available if less than two vehicles wide.Read more about our rating system
Starting from this point is directly off of the Salt Valley Road. The trailhead is well marked and you can't miss it. The first 1/2 mile is in soft sand with plenty of room to pass.
Immediately after you start uphill you encounter bedrock and a series of minor obstacles as you climb up the hill with nothing rated over 5. Any aggressive stock SUV can do this portion if the driver keeps the vehicle level. There are no particular lines to take but as you can see from this photo the Jeep coming down got some nice flex.
Here are just a few small obstacles. There is also a great spot for a scenic photo.
The west side of the hill is made up mostly of slick rock with tiny shelf ledges easy to grip while going down or up.
Just to the west of the hill it turns sandy and is fun to play in. The trail continues straight and is simple, wide and only issue would be in wet weather.
Views of Marching Men from various locations along the trail.
Continue straight for Tower Arch. To the left (south) is the trailhead for Eye of Whale.
Weave your way through the red rock and sand.
There is plenty of parking for at least 15 vehicles. The hiking trails start just to the north of the parking lot.
The hiking trails start directly at this parking lot.
The hiking trail starts directly at the parking lot.