Wilson Arch Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews

Wilson Arch Trail is a 0.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Monticello, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
0.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
104 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

walking

views

rocky

scramble

no shade

Wilson Arch is a short trail involving a scramble up a steep slope to underneath a large arch with great views. It has a span of 91 feet and a height of 46 feet. Wilson Arch was named after Joe Wilson, a local pioneer who had a cabin nearby in Dry Valley. This formation is known as Entrada Sandstone. Over time superficial cracks, joints, and folds of these layers were saturated with water. Ice formed in the fissures, melted under extreme desert heat, and winds cleaned out the loose particles. A series of free-standing fins remained. Wind and water attacked these fins until, in some, cementing material gave way and chunks of rock tumbled out. Many damaged fins collapsed like the one to the right of Wilson Arch. Others, with the right degree of hardness survived despite their missing middles like Wilson Arch.

hiking
7 days ago

This trail is just off the main highway. You’ll be tempted to just take pics at the bottom of the hill. Take the time to hike to the arch. The view up there is so beautiful, especially in the morning hours.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice rest stop to stretch my legs in route to Needles. Great view from the top after a short scramble up the slope.