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Shakespeare Arch and Sentinel Trail is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Henrieville, Utah that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.6 mi Elevation gain 318 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Views

Wild flowers

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Trail goes to the only large natural arch in the park. (NOTE: As of Spring 2019, Shakespeare Arch sadly collapsed.)

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Alva Myers
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Unfortunately the arch collapsed in April 2019 and is no longer there. The ranger told us they were trying to get the sign replaced. Pleasant hike. Pretty easy. But no arch. We didn’t do the sentinel part.

Cross Townsend
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HikingNo shadeScramble

Such a fun hike! This was my second time hiking this trail but my first time doing the Sentinel portion! Such a fun hike. Bummer that the arch collapsed, though. RIP Shakespeare Arch. Would totally recommend this hike!!!!!

Steve Hack
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Hiking

Yes, the arch is down and there are signs posted at the visitor center. Nice hike and I recommend the scramble over the slick rock on the way back. A Utah geocache was a pleasant surprise and happened to contain sunblock. Nice!

David Ravy
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I can confirm that the arch did in fact collapse. sad. but still a great trail. off to the right of where Shakespeare used to be, if you climb all the way up the hill there is a "mini slot", and the complete loop was fantastic with lots of sights, but easy enough for all ages. we did it with 5 adults, 4 kids and 2 dogs. bring sunscreen!

James Giraldin
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Hiking

Shakespeare No More! The arch collapsed last week. We were hiking in Bryce Canyon and a fellow hiker told us. SADLY they will not even tell you that the arch has collapsed at the Kodachrome Basin State Park ☹️ It is an example of geologic time moving onward; towers, arches, windows, whodos, are constantly evolving.

Cara Meland
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Hiking

Easy hike, great views.

Marissa Kanon
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Hardly a “hike”. But rather a really pretty and easy walk over to the arch.

Pat Pearsall
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Would have given this a 3 if we didn’t take the sliprock trail back. A very easy hike with nice vistas of the entire basin and distant views of Bryce. The sliprock trail allows you to get on top of the formations and see everything from a second angle. If you’re looking for a short interesting trail this is it. Nothing spectacular but accessible and interesting.

Tyler Marshall
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Fun trail which provides the great, classic panorama views in Koda. It's not overly strenuous.

Steven Thompson
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Hiking

A large swath of sagebrush, hundreds of feet wide, have debris among their branches. It's easy to spot the path the water took on its descent down the barren hillside and I'm glad I missed the show... See full trip report at: http://lindasbrickbarn.com/steves-trip-reports/2018/7/15/shakespeare-archsentinel-trail-kodachrome-basin-ut

Christine Kruse
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Hiking

This trail offers decent vista views but the arch is nothing to get excited about. For a challenge at the end, one can take the slickrock cut-off (it's marked). Almost stepped on a rattlesnake, so be wary that they like this trail.

Lita Silva
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Hiking

This hike had beautiful views of the Kodachrome basin. Loved the red stone colors against the lush trees in the basin, spectacular contrast. The arch was pretty cool. The hike itself was easy and the path was well marked. It has a few side paths/trails that you can explore if you have the time and are eager for more views. It’s one of the hikes that’s a bit away from the other trails and so it’s kind of secluded, not much traffic. The road to the trail head is a dirt road, it was a bit rough (wash board type) in some sections but could totally be passable by a sedan, no 4x4 needed.

Jennifer Kumar
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Hiking

To see the arch, and not take the trail, take a right at the trailhead, and walk in about .3 miles. Turn back to car. To hike the entire trail (like we did), keep following the trail around the back side of the arch to see other alcoves, rock formations and the wide, expansive desert. We felt this hike was not strenuous nor technical, though there were ups and downs. It can feel long ... but take water with you and a few snacks and it will be awesome! We did this hike between 9am-11am in the morning, and it being January the sunrise was from behind the arch about 10am. If you want solitude you can find it here on a day the park isn't busy. When we came, we were the only ones on the trail! See video: https://youtu.be/eDq24-9VJ5w

Lisa Duff
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Beautiful scenery, but trail a little tight in a couple of places. Enjoyed it a lot!

Erika Stephenson
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Hiking

I loved this hike! there's not a lot of shade, so plan accordingly. We took the "slick rock" trail to finish the loop and it was beautiful. If you're physically able, you'll definitely want to consider going that way. beautiful views all around.

Jennifer Nelson
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Hiking

Short hike, easy to the arch and then it gets slightly more difficult. There's not a lot of shade on the trail. Views were awesome! This is a neat state park.

Carolincoln H
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Hiking to Shakespeare Arch is fun but the hiking afterward was my favorite part. All kids (ages 5-14) loved it. Beautiful views on the hike. Did it in the evening and enjoyed the shadows.

Breck Tuttle
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Hiking

Easy .3 mile to the arch. Hiked the loop. There is cutoff trail that climbs to the top of the rock. We stayed on the main trail.

Mike Mraz
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Hiking

Go counter clockwise it you want to see the arch first. But finish the whole trial there is lots more to see. There was a little snow on the ground this time of year.

Shauna Johnson
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A fun loop, nice views. We did go the wrong way at one point which became an adventure, but fun making memories. We went on a beautiful spring day and it was perfect.

Dan Sakimoto
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Hiking

Located in a corner of Kodachrome Basin State Park, the Shakespeare Arch trail is reached via an unpaved road (be sure to get a map from the Park Visitor Center). Once there, you’ll encounter a short (1/2 mile up and back) trail to the only natural arch in the Park. NOTE: Even though the trail is short, it is almost completely exposed, so you should wear a hat and sunscreen. The trail itself is rocky in several areas, so proper shoes are strongly recommended. The hike to the viewing area for the arch is not terribly tough and you’ll get an interesting view. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can scramble up the side of the hill next to the arch and continue along behind the arch on the Sentinel Trail, which by contrast is rated strenuous.

Jessica Nash
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Hiking

A few trails in this area. Easy hike. Not enough to spend a full day seeing. A cool place to walk around and enjoy the scenery. There is a trail that goes on top of the rocks that your walking around and it is really cool.

Jyl Read
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It's at the end of a well maintained dirt road. The hike itself is also really well maintained and very well signed. It's a beautiful arch - we were told it's the only one in Kodachrome. We hiked on an unusually warm (60 + degrees) February day. Just a few muddy spots on the trail.

Jack Tatsch
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Hiking

In 1994, this trail was not well developed. I don't remember it being a loop trail; you just went to the arch, and backtracked. As I recall, it was called "Utah's newest arch."

Joel Swenson
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Brandon Pleus
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Kevin Weatherford
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Ed Hallett
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