Moonshine Arch

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Moonshine Arch is a 1.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Vernal, Utah that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
1.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
246 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

river

views

Utah is well known as a land of arches and even Flaming Gorge Country can boast of one! Moonshine Arch is a short walk into a sandstone ridge just north of Vernal.

6 days ago

short, Sandy, fun arch to climb.

14 days ago

Great hike don’t use google maps takes you to wrong place with a sign that’s says not way to moonshine arch. The correct road is on 191 you go north from vernal to mile marker 359 the 4 illuminator posts there is a road on the left take it then signs from there on to trial head at turn around. We were glad we went.

15 days ago

nice arch. trail is actually an atv/jeep trail. was crowded when we went. lots of people marking the rock with charcoal. the trail head directions linked from here to google maps are wrong. turn off is 1 mile past the stienaker reservior. follow the signs. park at the large green gate

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1 month ago

Did this hike over the weekend ,it’s the second time, still as fun and beautiful as the first time. Usually there are other hikers but the trail is wide enough to pass, also the incline killed my husband, he hates hiking but honestly it’s really not that bad. Very easy in and out hike and something fun for the family or by yourself! I recommend it and think you’ll love it just as much as I do!

7 months ago

Amazing!! Road and trail are not well marked, so I uploaded pictures to follow, but wow when you get there it's SOOO worth it! No one else was there, it was private and just incredible. May or may not have encountered a puma...but just keep an eye out while hiking

7 months ago

Great little hike, and road to trailhead is excellent. Easy access with a 2 wheel drive car.

7 months ago

Easy hike that leads to an amazing site!

9 months ago

This is a great hike to start a day! Absolutely beautiful in the morning when the sun is just coming up.
Trailhead and trail are not marked, and can be difficult to find, but that makes this hike great because it is not crowded.

10 months ago

Great hike. Beautiful views. Hard to find trailhead. I recommend bringing insect repellant. By the time we got to the arch the kids were ready to head back because of all the flies and gnats.

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10 months ago

Loved it! Really hot and a little steeper than I expected but definately worth the climb. Trail isnt marked well so pay attention.

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11 months ago

This was a good hike with the family. We hiked it on 4/14/17 with two 7 year olds, a 3 year old and a 10 month old in a pack. The trailhead was a bit hard to find, even with really good directions. Once we found it thought we had fun hiking it, even the three year old made it. The arch at the end was neat. I'd recommend it and do it again.

hiking
11 months ago

Couldn't find it. Very frustrating for. Tried with posted direction. All private signs. Always been able
To find trails. Oh well

hiking
Friday, April 07, 2017

Fabulous hike. Great for families with children. Easily 2 hours or less total. Great views and impressive arch. Hardest part is knowing where to start. The road off 191 is not marked and hard to see from the freeway. Heading north from vernal, it's not quite a mile from the steinaker state park road on the left. It will look like it's just a pull off but there is a dirt road that goes off it. If it is muddy you will need an SUV/four wheel drive but we made it in our small Hyundai on dry roads (although some parts worried me and it could easily change as previous mud and traffic could warp it more) Once you hit the green fence, the trail is straight ahead down the gulch. There are roads going left and right. I do not know where those leads but straight ahead got us there easily:)

hiking
Friday, March 24, 2017

Lacking signage, but that's what makes is a "secret"

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

We wandered around other parts near the trail after seeing the beautiful arches. Good trail, easy and quick. Good for a season starter or to take the kids! ❤️

hiking
Friday, July 22, 2016

Nice trail and beautiful arches.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Great trail and an easy morning hike.

Monday, April 25, 2016

it was awesome it took us a while to find it because there aren't any signs at the turn off

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Beautiful easy trail.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Roads leading to trailhead were dry and smooth

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