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Druid Arch Trail

MODERATE 118 reviews
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Druid Arch Trail is a 9.5 mile lightly 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

no dogs

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
1 day ago

There is definitely no river on this hike :)

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
18 days ago

hiking
19 days 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
28 days 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 months ago

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

hiking
2 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
3 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
3 months ago

The trek is 12 miles round trip. Did this trail last week while visiting the Might 5 in Utah. No permits are needed for a day hike. No place to get water, should start the hike in early morning as soon as the sun allows. The trail, in parts, has no shade and it gets hot.

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
4 months ago

Beautiful views, fun rocks to climb!

hiking
no shade
scramble
4 months ago

hiking
scramble
5 months ago

A truly amazing hike! Once you get off of Chesler Park trails you are basically trecking up a wash, which is beautiful. It poured the night before and only at the very end of the trail did you see any water so I don't think the wash gets too wet. Most of the hike is fairly easy but the last .5 mile gets a bit technical but manageable. It was a cooler day in the mid to high 60's and partly overcast and I still drank through my 3 litre pack. Bring tons of water! Right now everything is in bloom and it is amazingly green! If you can do it now do it!

recorded Druid Arch Trail

hiking
5 months ago

This out and back hike is actually a little over *12 miles. It’s described as 9 miles and a review said 11 miles but the AllTrails GPS had us at 12.5 round trip and we stayed on the trail the whole way. The last section involves scrambling that’s particularly dicey if you’re carrying an Osprey pack with a toddler on your back, but you can’t see the arch without it Druid Arch is very unique and there are amazing views on the way back to the lot but plan for 12 miles and set aside enough time because most people finish by mid afternoon and you don’t want to be the last one. No one around.

hiking
5 months ago

One of the best hikes I’ve done. Super beautiful desert scenery. Pretty easy hiking, mostly flat. Amazing alien landscape and the hike takes you over some of the amazing rock formations etc.

hiking
5 months ago

Very very picturesque trail, the Druid at the end is worth every scramble to get up there. You hike along a river bed for a good chunk, if your chacos aren’t broken in, bring socks to avoid blisters.

5 months ago

Awesome hike. Really different style of arch. It says that you need a permit but I asked two different rangers and they said no. It was a nice 11 miles. If you are spending a lot of time in the sandy river bed then you're not on the trail. The trail is well packed dirt and follows the river bed.

hiking
6 months ago

One of my favorite hikes in the Arches Canyonlands area. Challenging in a few spots, with minor rock climbing and one ladder. My only dislike with the trail is that there is a lot of time spent walking on sandy riverbed, which seemed to go on forever. Still, views are some of the best in the area.

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