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Elephant Arch Trail is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Washington, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.8 miles Elevation Gain: 341 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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The Elephant Arch trail takes you an arch resembling an elephant's head and trunk. The first half of the trail is easy walking along a double track, then up a sandy wash, You encounter typical low land desert landscape, lots of red rocks, and a cool arch at the end.

hiking
no shade
15 hours ago

hiking
5 days ago

The arch itself is deserves 3 stars, but the trail getting there was nothing more than sand, sand and more sand. Trenching through thick loose sand for most of the way made this a very tiring hike. A few big uphills made it even more tiring. Views were pretty for the last half, but the beginning of the hike was kind of unimpressive.

hiking
no shade
5 days ago

Great trail. Dogs loved it. Super super sandy for a big chunk of it. We didn’t quite make it to the arch cause it was getting dark. Great views though!

hiking
no shade
off trail
9 days ago

Going to the arch it’s self is pretty sandy but it’s a beautiful trail saw a lot of people brings dogs to the trail so you can bring your fur babies

hiking
no shade
14 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

Most of the trail is in very soft sand through a river wash so while mostly flat, hiking is a bit slow and arduous. The rock formations are fun to look at it and the elephant arch is fun to see. If you walk to the back of the arch on a clear day you’ll see the elephant has bright blue eyes!!!

hiking
24 days ago

So far, this has been one of my favorite hikes. Easy to do and had some amazing views. There is a little shade along the way and the hiking is done in loose sand for a good portion of the hike. Bring water and a camera!

hiking
no shade
24 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Super easy hike. Signs consistently through the trail. Dog friendly.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Elephant Arch was fantastic! At first I was nervous because the road to the trail head is unpaved for 1 mile, so beware you will be driving on bumpy dirt to get there. It was a very sandy hike up the Bone Wash trail. After halfway the sign posts switch to indicating elephant arch. There was not a lot of shade so bring water and prepare for heat. April was perfect. I would not bring my 2 1/2 year old unless I was prepared to carry him most of the way- he would struggle with this distance of sand.

hiking
1 month ago

very sandy but it’s a fun hike

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked early April, about 65 degrees with a breeze (around noon); perfect weather. The first part of the hike is a little boring because you’re basically walking on a maintenance road, but once you get to the rocks it’s more exciting (but this part isn’t very long). The elephant rock at the end is cool to see, and it was fun hiking up to it. There is some shade at the end but not on most of the hike. It was pretty fun. I’m glad we at least did it once!

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Hiked mid April and was dry, would attempt again during light rain or following a rainstorm. For about half of this trail you are walking on a maintenance road which is fairly exposed and straight forward. A mile in you will drop into a river bed which is very sandy. While meandering through the river bed you will see some great rock formations and some fun rock colors. The end result was fun, provided some shade, and a decent place to relax.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

it's a bit sandy but worth the trek to see the elephant arch. mountainous ridges flank the wash you walk in so there's always a desert view. watch for the trail markers in and out and check the trail map to make sure your on the right wash. a great spot to bring the furry babies too, not super steep, mostly a flat walk. once your at the arch you can climb around the boulders.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful hike! Easy to miss the trail head though. When you reach the first fork take a right into Bone Wash. Trail markers are easy to miss so looking at the map in the front is recommended. Not as much of a scramble at the end as other reviews say. Easy to get up and a beautiful view!

hiking
1 month ago

Wow disappointing. Surprised at all the positive reviews. The arch is amazing but the hike to the arch is nothing spectacular and quite boring. First mile of the hike is on a dirt road through sagebrush. Then it’s thick sand down a wide riverbed with no cover. If your trying to decide on a hike, lots of better options in the area.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful sandy hike to the arch The trail is easy to follow Not a lot of parking but you can park on the road and it’s good for all types of vehicles.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome little hike. Got there in 25 minutes with a little break on the way. The rocks around the arch are fun to play on. The trail is sandy in parts and it tires you out.

hiking
muddy
rocky
washed out
1 month ago

Very difficult, as the trail is a majority of sand, even on uphill and downhill trails. However, was absolutely gorgeous, and the arch at the end was very cool. Also, had a short but very cool slot canyon on the way. Two miles in, two miles out.

hiking
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Absolutely gorgeous! There is a rock scramble at the very end that my mother couldn't do to get up to the arch, but, she could still see the arch from the bottom. Otherwise the 4 teenagers in the group loved scrambling the rocks at the arch!

1 month ago

I was a bit confused as there really isn't anything that told me were the trail head is, but It was a pretty hike getting there and i had a great time.

hiking
2 months ago

Short 4 mile there and back. The first miles isn’t anything special but the last half is beautiful. Fairly easy hike. Loved the arch!

hiking
3 months ago

A quick and short trail hike. The journey along the way was not really providing any scenic views. But the destination was fun too see. I recommend scrambling up the rock to the arch. It can be slippery but with the right shoes it’s very doable.

3 months ago

Fun hike, only down side is it's mostly walking in Sand.

hiking
3 months ago

Very sandy. But easy elevations. Worth the sandy hike to get to the arch.

hiking
3 months ago

Very deep sand, bring gaiters or not mesh shoes. Arch is fun to scramble up to and climb around.

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