Druid Arch Trail

MODERATE 39 reviews
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Druid Arch Trail is a 10.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Blanding, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

10.4 miles
1633 feet
Out & Back



nature trips




wild flowers





no dogs

Permits required. Great views throughout. Bring lots of water. Hike can be sandy and difficult to navigate.

11 days ago

Great hike, not many people, lots of sand!

1 month ago

Went back in October. Easy terrain. Long hike. Scrambling for a very short time near the end. Keep an eye out for the trail, but mostly follows the dry riverbed. Worth every step. Amazing view of the arch at the end. Only saw a small handful of people, which was awesome. Nearly silent, with only the sounds of nature. Top notch.

1 month ago

Hiked this back for my birthday in the heat of late July 2017. Parked in elephant canyons and took EC to Druid. With the heat- it was an all day excursion (12.5 miles). Very brutal. BUT SO WORTH IT. Even with preparation and hydration, I still got pretty dehydrated. Not a lot of cover on the trail either. Bring a tarp if possible, if you do it in the heat.

The most amazing experience I have backcountry hiking to date. This will change your life.
Not very trafficked. Very desolate. And the views and colors will stun you. Get a permit and camp in EC the night before, if you want an even better experience.

*This is my Mecca Hike!*

Ps. I have more pictures and info on this and my other BackCountry hiking explorations on my IG- Colewurlddd

2 months ago

Did this hike on Thanksgiving day. Gorgeous weather. Incredible views. The scramble towards the end was well worth it.

2 months ago

Absolutely incredible scenery. I’m glad I saved this until the end of my week in Moab or it would have ruined all I saw in Arches NP! Druid Arch is And imposing site.

3 months ago

The first 2 miles have the best scenery, and it is absolutely beyond awesome. After that you are kind of walking in a sandy wash for a couple of miles, and the scenery is still great, but it's a bit of a slog. I got a little confused when I hit the wash, but if you turn left along the wash you will come to a sign that makes it clear which way to Druid Arch. After you are in the wash for a couple of miles, the trail makes a hard left uphill and I got lost by not noticing that the cairns were leading up through a slot in the rocks. Looks like I am not the only one who missed that, as there were lots of other footprints leading to a dead end. The scramble up to the arch at the end is steep, but if you are like me, you won't notice the exertion because you will be preoccupied by the sense that you are going kill yourself trying to get down. The trail is not hard to follow, but pay attention to those cairns. This trail is in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park, and it's a project just to get there, and then up the dirt road to the Elephant Hill trailhead, but it's definitely worth it.

3 months ago

We started from a Elephant Hill Trail to Druid Arch and extended the hike by deviating into Squaw Flat Trail. Magnificent with breath taking views and overlooks. We followed the wash for much of the hike to Druid Arch. You will
put in some miles but the trail is well marked and not difficult. The climb to the viewpoint for Druid Arch can be a challenge with some rock scrambling. The hike through Squaw Flats was spectacular with ladder climbing and rim hiking. It had some challenging points. Water, good shoes, and sunscreen is recommended.

3 months ago

Probably the most insane landscape I've ever hiked in. The sights were amazing and the end of the hike was worth the effort. My only complaint is that it was very difficult to navigate. Wrong turns are easy and we ended up waking 14 miles instead of 11. When you hit the river bed, follow it until the cairns branch up and off to the left. Do not follow the EC2 branch as the map suggests. We met two other groups of hikers on the way back that made exactly the same wrong turn as us. Lots of water and sunscreen is important on this hike and you will be stepping in deep sand at points.

4 months ago

Well worth the effort! Be aware of some scrambling required on slick rock which was a little sketchy to my wife, but nothing we couldn’t handle. We camped at EC 2 for a night and hiked to Druid arch for a side trip. Amazing experience!

4 months ago

a long hike through a beautiful landscape. And at the end a view of the impressive Druid arch. There were, for me, as I am not a tall person, some more difficult spots to overcome, but it was all worth it.

6 months ago

Hiked in late November 2015 while it was pretty cold and snowy. Long hike, not terribly difficult unless you're not very tall or not prepared for a long hike. There are some areas where you'll have to climb over large rocks which is made more difficult with snow. The Druid Arch is staggering and well worth the hike. Started around 9 AM and got back after dark.

9 months ago

The 2000 ft elevation gain is more intimidating than it should be. The hike is seemingly flat most of the time as it follows the river bed once you break off from the Chesler Trail. There is climbing involved in some sections of the trail and a boulder field to the final summit of Druid. But any individual that is moderately fit and fully functioning will make it up no problem with a little perseverance. It was a beautiful hike, and the destination was excellent. It can be tough to navigate, but follow the stacks of rocks set to mark the trail and you'll be fine. Prepare to take a wrong turn or two, just be aware when the stacks disappear. Beware, you're not going to get a solid view if you're not willing to take the final climb.

10 months ago

Do this hike! The canyons leading up to the arch are some of the most amazing things your eyes will see. The arch itself is huge and magnificent. The view of the park for the arch is awesome. This is a great way to spend an afternoon in the park. If you have little time in Moab, I would highly recommend spending the time doing this hike as opposed to going to Arches NP. It gives you solitude, a great taste of canyon lands, and a spectacular view of a massive arch.

Friday, January 06, 2017

While offering some wondrous overlooks, be forewarned that the hike to Druid Arch is not easily navigable. My hiking partner and I were separated from the trail on several instances, although our GPS map helped course correct. Even with technological assistance, we were ultimately unable to complete the route as the trail petered out in on a frozen lagoon (approx. 4 to 5 miles in to hike) from which we saw no appreciable way forward. Rock cairns are somewhat helpful, but the Druid Arch trail would benefit from improved signage, lest others share in a similarly unfulfilling experience.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

This was probably my least favourite hike in Canyonlands. The majority of the hike takes place on dry river bed, which just kind of lacked interest/dimension for me. There are great views of the different formations though. Also, if you get to a point that you're not sure where you can go from there, LOOK UP! We were so confused as to where the trail had gone, then realized we were already beneath the arch. Novices... haha.
We did this hike in April but with a lack of coverage I think it would get absolutely scorching in later months.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The beginning and end are great! The middle is constant walking in loose sand of the dried up riverbed. I didn't like that part at all. It might have not been that bad if it weren't anextremely hot day haha. Just bring lots of water.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Glorious ending to a hike after a rather monotonous hike along a sandy/rocky dried river bed for miles.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Fun hike with diversity between creek beds and minor scrambling. Druid Arch is larger than you may expect. A must see.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Great deseret hike. Spent a couple of days backpacking.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

One of my favorite hikes. Depending upon the time of year you will have to bring water. The hike is about 14 miles so it's pretty intense. There seems to be a family of Ravens that live there eating off the snacks of hikers. If you pack into Chesler Park it is only around 5 miles round trip. A must see!!

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