A memorable 4-wheel-drive road that is entirely inside Arches National Park. All vehicles and drivers must be licensed. ATVs and UTVs, even if licensed, are not allowed in the park. Leashed pets are allowed on established roads, but not on hiking trails or in the backcountry. As of this writing, because of park overcrowding from April to October, a timed entry reservation system is being tested. See contact information at right. (See trail #26 for alternate way into park. A park entry fee is still required if you go in this way.)
Hot in summer
Submitted by Todd
The trail was a little wet, but in good shape, the toughest spots seemed a little harder than last year, a really fun and beautiful drive to Tower Arch.
Submitted by Chuck Wells
This trail was already rated difficult, but it’s gotten harder. Rock ledges are bigger, and the sand was extremely deep and soft. You will want to air down your tires more to avoid getting stuck. We highly recommend you drive the trail in the direction described in the book. The reverse direction requires a long hill climb in very soft sand.
Submitted by Rich
Came into the park from the north on Salt Valley Road. As we headed towards the arch we didn’t find things too difficult. When the going did get tough, the lead vehicle spotted me through those spots without difficulty. Overall, the trail can be done with a stock vehicle, at this time, if you have a good spotter. On the outbound portion of the trail we really didn’t encounter any real deep sand, just some stuff 2-4 inches deep. There are some deep ruts in the sandy parts but we never drug bottom. It was a very fun run and I learned a lot about how my vehicle handled.
Fun trail. A few tough spots. Lots of scenery.