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Fortymile Ridge to Sunset Arch

EASY 12 reviews

Fortymile Ridge to Sunset Arch is a 2.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Lake Powell, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.8 miles Elevation Gain: 246 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips



wild flowers


no shade

This is a fun hike but a long drive. Take water, and be aware that there is no cell phone service.

The destination is definitely beautiful, but the journey is a challenge. 30+ miles down Hole in the Rock road, and another 4 miles down 40 mile ridge - make sure you have a high clearance vehicle, 4x4 preferred. In addition, I recommend straying from the AllTrails path and heading first to the nearby high point (4972 on the topo map), and walking southerly from there. This allows you to avoid some of the sandy scrub that you’d have to walk through.

8 months ago

Fri Jan 19 2018

Do I need a 4WD or all wheel drive at all for Fortymile Ridge Road? I just want to get to the trailhead without getting stuck.

Mon Dec 04 2017

fun hike but a long drive, take water, no cell phone service. Sunset Arch 37.37588, -111.04835, Sunrise Arch 37.37296, -111.04727, Rocket Arch 37.35571, -111.04148, Passageway Arch 37.35461, -111.04176, about 5.5 miles roundtrip going south from the parking lot, more or less in a line going south

Mon Aug 21 2017

Be prepared before you go off-road-gas, snacks, and water! We didn't not have signal after leaving the pavement. You must drive over an hour to get here on a dirt road that can be very bumpy. Follow a maps app to get you to the designated parking areas. Once you park there are no noticeable trails. We used one of the prerecorded trails in the app to find the arch. You won't know it's there until you get close. The hike is easy, mostly flat and in the sand. Not recommended if you have limited ankle mobility. We really enjoyed the journey and the beauty of this natural structure!

Wed May 24 2017

Great hike with lots of elevation change on rocks.

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Thu Oct 19 2017