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2 months ago

Fun little trail that gives you the option of exploring a few box canyons.

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.

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.

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

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

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8 months ago

this is NOT for the uninitiated, and it is NOT advisable to go alone - generally, groups enter Bull Valley along the trail shown, go down the canyon a ways, then return the way they came - it's a VERY muddy slot canyon that takes a while to dry out in spring, and then there are a lot of flies. DO NOT downclimb anything you cannot get back up (there's a steep dropoff into mud which requires ropes or assistance to get back up, and there may or may not be a rope there), and if you go alone you could easily get stuck down there. plan to get very dirty, tell someone where you are going, and always ask re conditions at the Visitor Center in Cannonville first

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.

hiking
11 months ago

This is remote, but definitely worth the drive. You walk along the gorge until it is shallow enough to drop in, then back to the road in the canyon, then retrace your way back so total distance is closer to 2.5 miles. It is flat, but rated difficult I guess because there area couple of ledges to climb up. There are ropes in place to help you climb up the 10 foot ledge. This is a beautiful canyon that you can be in all alone. There was no water present on 9/4.

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Thursday, July 06, 2017

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.

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.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Interesting trail that goes into two different box canyons. If you want a medium length trail this is the one.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

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.

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Sunday, June 04, 2017

Great easy hike!

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Saturday, December 03, 2016

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.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Amazing gorge.

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.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

we hiked this in mid March and it was dry on the way in muddy on the way out but worth the views from the rock formations.. great side hike..

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Saturday, October 03, 2015

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.

hiking
Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

I recommend to all that hike this trail - turn around after the narrows & go back the way you came. This is not an easy to find loop. We got lost & spent the night in the gorge. We hiked sun up to sun down 2 days in a row & got very lucky on day 2. We came out at Willis Creek at 9pm & walked another hour & a half to our vehicle. There was a Deputy at my Jeep. He told us about 4 to six people get lost every month & they usually airlift them out.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

I'm fairly new to hiking slots but after completing a few in now in Southern Utah I have to say that this is my favorite so far. From the parking area hike on the right side of the canyon (sign in to the log book) for about 1 mile until the floor of the slots rise and you can easily climb or step down into the slot. Then start hiking back up toward the bridge. Going into the canyon too soon means you'll miss a good section of the slots.

There were very few obstacles during our hike (April 2015) and the few boulders blocking the passages were easily overcome. No ropes needed but the canyon is constantly changing so be prepared. We hiked about 2 miles through the canon before it started to snow on us so we turned around and retraced our steps...which were just as spectacular a second time.

Highly recommend this slot!

Sunday, February 15, 2015

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.

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Monday, December 23, 2013

I hiked this trail in winter, and it was a muddy mess. It appears that the trail goes through a wash, but during winter, it's frozen solid and very slippery. I wish I'd been wearing my boot chains.

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

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."

on Panorama Trail

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