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Sixty-seven monolithic stone spires called sedimentary pipes accentuate multi-hued sandstone layers revealing 180 million years of geologic time. The color and beauty found here prompted a 1948 National Geographic Society expedition to name the area Kodachrome after the popular color film.

Awesome hike. Easy. Great views everywhere you look. My kids loved it too! Saw tons of fresh mule deer tracks...wish we would have seen the deer too!

To see the arch, and not take the trail, take a right at the trailhead, and walk in about .3 miles. Turn back to car. To hike the entire trail (like we did), keep following the trail around the back side of the arch to see other alcoves, rock formations and the wide, expansive desert. We felt this hike was not strenuous nor technical, though there were ups and downs. It can feel long ... but take water with you and a few snacks and it will be awesome! We did this hike between 9am-11am in the morning, and it being January the sunrise was from behind the arch about 10am. If you want solitude you can find it here on a day the park isn't busy. When we came, we were the only ones on the trail!

See video: https://youtu.be/eDq24-9VJ5w

Beautiful scenery, but trail a little tight in a couple of places. Enjoyed it a lot!

Beautiful, diverse, uncrowded, and dog-friendly. What else can one ask for?!

dog friendly gorgeous easy hike!

I loved this hike! there's not a lot of shade, so plan accordingly. We took the "slick rock" trail to finish the loop and it was beautiful. If you're physically able, you'll definitely want to consider going that way.
beautiful views all around.

hiking
5 months ago

Great for evening or morning photos, but midday summer time is too hot to enjoy. Very little shade.

Cool views. Similar to Garden of the Gods in CO.

Short hike, easy to the arch and then it gets slightly more difficult. There's not a lot of shade on the trail. Views were awesome! This is a neat state park.

Started to feel like more of the same view after a while. But it was a quick easy hike with kids.

Hiking to Shakespeare Arch is fun but the hiking afterward was my favorite part. All kids (ages 5-14) loved it. Beautiful views on the hike. Did it in the evening and enjoyed the shadows.

hiking
8 months ago

Interesting trail that goes into two different box canyons. If you want a medium length trail this is the one.

hiking
8 months ago

Trail climbs to a bench that have great views. The ranger told me this trail was her favorite. After hiking all of the trails in the park I agree.

Easy .3 mile to the arch. Hiked the loop. There is cutoff trail that climbs to the top of the rock. We stayed on the main trail.

Revisit from February. No mud or snow to slog through this time. Great trail but missed the water fall in cool Cave. Hikes at the break of dawn while it was still cool. No one on the trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Great easy hike!

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10 months ago

Decent hike with many interpretive signs throughout that detail plant life and the geology of the area. The highlight was walking directly below one of the monoliths that mimic the area. Good, but not great.

hiking
Monday, February 06, 2017

This is a great loop is you have the time. Stopped at all of the high points. We took our time and spent 3 hours and 20 minutes to hike the entire loop. We stopped and enjoyed many features on the trail. Cool Cave was the best. This time of year with all of the snow not only is there a small waterfall in the cave but the snow melt had hundreds of drops of water coming down from above. Because of the banner year of snow we hiked through a lot of snow in the shady areas and a lot of mud where the sun had melted the snow. My boots were the muddiest that I've ever had. Don't let the mud or snow stop you we saw only 1 person with a dog the entire hike and sure beats hiking in the hot summer sun. Lots or other great looking hikes in the area and could spend 2-3 days to hike them all.

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Saturday, December 03, 2016

Go counter clockwise it you want to see the arch first. But finish the whole trial there is lots more to see. There was a little snow on the ground this time of year.

hiking
Monday, October 17, 2016

Enjoyed the trail with our German Shepherd Dog. Nothing to technical for us beginners. Not much shade once the sun rises higher but our early start gave us some as needed to rest our dog. Much of the trail has a center rut from bikes and horses but it is quite manageable. Really enjoyed the lack of people to work around. We saw just a few and that was pleasant.

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