Trail to Skylight Arch is a 2 mile out and back trail located near Big Water, Utah that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running.

Length2.0 miElevation gain216 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle/vessel or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55. A high clearance vehicle with 4WD is recommended to reach this trailhead.

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Chad Sears
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Great trail! No crowds. Easy hike. Hardest part is the drive to the trail head. 4X4 clearance recommended.

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Leah Helen
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Hiking

Great views, easy and well worth it. Very quiet. I had the place to myself the whole time. If I lived here it would be a hike I'd do again.

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Amanda Koen
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HikingRocky

Nice easy walk with beautiful views and no crowds

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Genesis Murillo
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Hiking

Nice secluded trail just one other couple heading out when we arrived. Gave us time to take plenty of pictures and to soak in the views privately. Getting to the trailhead was easy in our F150. The dirt road you first travel is nothing extreme, red clay dirt was packed down from other vehicles driving. The power line road we took was a like a wash board but not too bad. Once you hit the incline up the Mesa an SUV would have to take it slow but it’s doable. Once up top the road is easy and you have amazing views. Its worth the drive. Silly me I was using Apple Maps for directions when planning my trip. I finally read reviews to use google maps — that is definitely the way to go! Download google maps if you haven’t already highly recommend for off roading trails.

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Kim Castillo
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John Colton
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Walking

Beautiful view, easy walk.

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Joshua Garcia
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Lana Botha
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Hiking

It’s nice but hard to find the arch

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justin Synnestvedt
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HikingGreat!

Like others we parked a mile short of the trailhead but worth the hike! Beautiful panoramas and the arch was unexpected- more of a land bridge vs what we expected. Saw only 1 couple there on this Saturday afternoon. The road in was almost comically bumpy

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Jeffery Ma
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Like everyone said, use Google maps to get you there. If you don't have a car with good ground clearance, you'll need to park about a mile from it, making your hike an extra 2 miles roundtrip, but perfectly doable as well. Visited on 1/6/2020.

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Stephanie Synnestvedt
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Hiking

We ended up walking up to the trailhead. Following Google maps is the way to go! Beautiful views the entire way.

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Katie Lianez
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HikingGreat!

Beautiful trail. Around 4 miles round trip if you go directly there. The other reviews are right! I was standing next to the arch and couldn’t find it. It looks like a whole in the ground until you’re next to it. Once you’re there it is a beautiful view of Lake Powell. You can also enjoy a good laugh at your own expense once you’re done searching for it. Google maps lead me straight to the trail head. The coordinates drop you off about 50 yards before the actual trail head, so once it says you’ve arrived just keep driving an extra minute. I think you could get most of the way there with any vehicle. The last mile you at least need something with a higher clearance. I rented a small SUV and it was fine if you go slow.

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jackie maloney
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Daniel Rothery
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D Frank
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Mark Walles
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Amanda Carter
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Hiking

Super long bumpy dirt road, hard to drive up at the top! Path hard to follow but cool views at the end, easy!

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Christine Dorn
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On the Road with Dan
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Paddle sports

Nice walk out to the arch. About 2.1 miles out and back. Fantastic views!

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Doug Bartels
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Erin Evans
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Truly thankful for the previous post about google maps. Spent a full day trying to find the trailhead, and everything had wrong directions except google maps. Download the map because connection is so spotty. Had to park a mile from trailhead, entire hike is a little over four miles (if you aren’t in an off-road vehicle) but it’s AMAZING! I’m so happy I didn’t quit trying to find this trail. The view is breathtaking and we truly stumbled across the arch like others said. Totally worth it!!

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Sue Quinn
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it was spectacular!I don’t generally comment on trails but this one was super amazing. The bridge is a little hidden because it’s ground level but it was an amazing view of the whole area. Lake Powell is there, Utah behind. Just AMAZING!!! Off road vehicle is highly recommended and Google maps took us to a spot where we by were about to turn around. It’s almost like it jumped, don’t give up, turn around and try to reroute. It takes you to the trailhead which is about a mile hike from there to the bridge.it was spectacular!

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Woodje Caldwell
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Hiking

Need a high clearance vehicle to get to the trailhead. We didn’t need 4wd but needed the clearance on one section about a mile from the trailhead. Use google maps to get you to the trailhead - was very easy and straightforward. At the trailhead just follow the ATV trail and use the AllTrails maps - very easy to find and really really cool! Great views of lake powell also.

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Fabian Hernandez
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WalkingNo shadeRocky

The arch itself is pretty cool, but wasn’t too much of a fan of this hike. We had to walk quite a while additionally to the hike itself because it wasn’t safe to take our car up some of the dirt road. If you do go, make sure to take plenty of water and a hat because there is not shade

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Lydia Torrescano
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HikingNo shadeRocky

The trail was super easy to follow, though I had to park a mile down from the trail head because the terrain got too roughed for my little car. The arch is tricky because you expect it to be high up and right in your face. I actually missed it at first. But after walking around trying to follow where the trail ends on the map I was able to find it! Well worth the hunt ;) Great hike! Would do it again any day!

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Idania Ochoa
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HikingOff trailRocky

Found the trail but very confusing and a long drive to where you actually start walking. The flags are useless, could be that someone moved them around because they lead to nowhere. We did not even get to see the arches that you could stand on, only saw some from afar. But the views of Lake Powell are breathtaking for sure. The road was a bit rough and we were in a Tacoma. As we drove in we saw a 4runner being towed, not sure what happened to them.

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Breanna Donarumo
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Off trailRocky

So. They did not mention on the description that you really need an atv or a truck with good wheels to get there. Roughed it for a while. Saw the waheap overlook. Tried to drive a little further but there were too many big rocks and a very uneven terrain. An atv drove by me having no issues. They should mention ohv trail in this description is a must.

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