Druid Arch Trail [CLOSED]

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Canyonlands National Park

Druid Arch Trail is a 9.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Monticello, Utah that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 9.5 miles Elevation Gain: 1,374 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

scramble

snow

closed

no dogs

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. Permits might be required for all day and overnight trips along the river. Great views throughout. Bring lots of water. Hike can be sandy and difficult to navigate.

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 days ago

The last mile or so up to the arch was a bit rough. There is always a way around the puddles, don’t let your boots get soaked

hiking
1 month ago

Spectacular. Glorious. Amazing. Would HIGHLY recommend. It’s a long hike but so worth it!!!!

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Easy until the last quarter of the hike, which requires a lot of scrambling up slick rock and steep climbs up rocks to the top where you can see the arch. The ladder everyone talks about was not as scary as I thought it would be. Absolutely 11.5 - 12 miles instead of 9.5 no doubt. Cairns mark the trail really well and I only got turned around once. Didn't have to use maps for most of the trail. Recommend starting around 11 am so you can finish by 4:30-5 and watch the incredible sunset on the drive back. Wouldn't want to get caught up on the trail too late, because shadows start falling around 2-3 pm. (can't stress enough how gorgeous the sunset drive back is....) Lots of sun! Even in winter! I did this hike in late Feb and took off many layers, walking some of the trail in a tank top! Also went through my 2 liter hydration bladder easily and could've done with 3 liters preferably. Walked it all in Sambas with no problem, although I think something with a little more grip would be slightly preferable. Can't think of anything else you'd need to know so: Overall, the sense of satisfaction you'll get after making it to Druid arch is incredibly worth it. Plus the scenery changes quite a bit and gives many different views. At the end of the day----Difficult but good.

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome hike. Got there via Squaw Canyon trail which is awesome and is perhaps my favorite place on earth when it comes to hiking. Amazing views. Also included Chesler Park on the way back, made it a good 18 mile day, but well worth it. Pretty decent scramble up the last bit to get to the arch after a long hike, so be ready for that. :) I recommend this hike and will do it again when I return to Canyonlands. Enjoy.

hiking
5 months ago

One of our favorite hikes we’ve ever done. Amazing change of scenery the entire trail from up above and then down into the canyon. Druid arch is impressive. Also a huge plus that it was not very crowded

hiking
rocky
scramble
washed out
6 months ago

Let me start by saying and I have the philosophy that any hike is a good hike. But this hike was not my favorite. At 11 miles long, you are walking through a dry washout for probably half this hike. There are side trails that go up on the banks to get you out of the sand but its unavoidable in some areas. The druid arch is massive, and as others mention you can see it on the approach but you are looking at the slim profile side so you don’t realize it is the arch until the end. My moving time for the 11 miles was right at 4 hrs. That was with minimal stopping and a few pics here and there. The scenery doesn’t change very much once you enter the canyon, it was a quiet peaceful walk. The area of the arch was completely shaded at mid-day (noon). Enjoy the Needles District!

hiking
7 months ago

There is definitely no river on this hike :)

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Very scenic hike that crosses through very different terrain. Other reviewers commented on water... I will echo their sentiment.... bring more water than you normally would for an 11-12 mile hike. The last 1/4 mile is a climb including a small 6’ ladder bolted to a boulder. The “reveal” is spectacular when you reach the top and finally see se the Druid Arch.

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

Incredible views! The arch is visible from far away but you don’t realize it’s an arch until the end of the trail because of the angle. Bring lots of water. This trail is really 11 miles and a good amount of it involves walking in sand and climbing sandstone. Would definitely recommend.

hiking
8 months ago

102 degrees. Listen to what people say about more water water water. I had 3 liter with two of the smaller containers of Gatorade and it was out upon return to my car. Take something for shade as well like a full brim hat. Sun is brutal on hike out from Druid.

hiking
no shade
8 months ago

The first half of this hike to the arch was perfect. We left at 8 took us 3 hours to get to the arch. (It’s a very sandy hike) We spent a few minutes relaxing in the shade and then headed back. The way back was HARD, we didn’t get back until 3:40 in the afternoon. There was no shade, so the sun was beating down on you the entire 5.25 miles back. There are a lot of really cool parts to this hike, so I definitely recommend doing it, but do it early in the morning.

hiking
no shade
scramble
9 months ago

One of the best hikes if my life. Incredible rock formations all along the way, good distance but not exhausting, and an amazing view of the arches. I left the parking lot around 630 and took 5 hours round trip with a good number of stops for photographs. Great temperature for a hike early, the canyons were cool, and was the only one on the trail until most of the way back.

hiking
no shade
9 months ago

one of my all time favorite hikes. incredible views the entire time.

hiking
9 months ago

Bring lots of water!!! An amazing hike with views the entire time but could have a lot more trail markers as you are following on the riverbed.

hiking
bugs
no shade
11 months ago

Large group left from Elephant Hill Traihead. Nice hike through varied rock formations, unique arch at the end, very few people, very quiet, nice winds.. Plenty cairns to mark the trail, but many other trails and intersections in this area (see map), keep map handy to consult/confirm route. I'd say 3 quarts water minimum. Some of the teen boys only had 2 and ran out. A lot of water found in holes around 3-4 miles in, we used it to keep cool, but could pump in a pinch. If considering multi-day trip this time of year, water holes were deep, guessing they'll last at least another 4-6 weeks, but consult rangers. Closest to the water we saw would be EC2 and EC3. On the way to the arch (we left 8am?), plenty of shade to be found, but on the way out (2-3ish) sun high and shade scarce. 100 when we got to the car. Bug spray a good idea if camping (we had bugs at needles), not an issue on the day hike.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
11 months ago

11 months ago

Beautiful views, fun rocks to climb!

hiking
scramble
11 months ago

drive to the trailhead was miserable down a poorly maintained one-lane dirt road... but hike was phenomenal. There's a mini-slot canyon, desert wash, ample rock formations to scramble over on the side just for fun, and the Druid Arch area after the final climb is absolutely surreal. Not just the arch, but the whole area and sweeping views. Words can hardly describe... you have to experience yourself!

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