Hike of the week: Druid Arch — Canyonlands National Park
Published: May 15, 2012 02:35PM
Updated: May 10, 2012 11:34AM
Druid Arch stands in the Needles District in Canyonlands National Park. Courtesy Shane Farver.

Directions • From the visitors center in the Needles District, follow the road signs to the campground. Then follow the signs to campground B. Drive past the restrooms and visitors kiosk. The trail head is at the end of campground B.

This is an epic day hike because of the distance and the reward. Druid Arch is unusual even by arch standards. The trail there is filled with the redrock scenery of southeast Utah. The trail is sometimes not well-marked. Pay attention to the cairns. About three miles into the hike, you’ll come across an arch in the side of a rock face that’s barely large enough to crawl through. About halfway to the arch, you’ll arrive in a sandy wash with signs pointing to different trails. Follow the sign directing 3.3 miles south to Druid Arch. About a quarter of a mile before reaching the arch viewpoint, you’ll reach a slickrock incline that will require you to scramble.

Nate Carlisle

Destination Druid Arch

Hiking time 8 hours

Round-trip miles 15.9 miles

Elevation gain 994 feet

Difficulty Difficult

Trailhead restrooms No

Dogs allowed No

Bikes allowed No

Fees: $10 per vehicle (park entrance fee)