Eagle Canyon Arch -- San Rafael Swell

Eagle Canyon Arch sits on a trail enjoyed by hikers and ATV users. (Nate Carlisle / The Salt Lake Tribune)


This is best known as a trail for all-terrain vehicles, but it makes a good hike to a big arch. Take the trail into Eagle Canyon. It is well marked and lined with pinyon and juniper trees. The trail winds northwest and is tucked among cliffs and mesas. At 2.4 miles, look to your right and see the arch. The pair of caves called The Ice Box sits on the trail near Swasey’s Cabin. The cave walls are cool to the touch and best visited on the return so you can cool.

Getting there: From Interstate 70, take Ranch Exit 131. Go south for a few hundred feet, then turn west on the dirt road that parallels the interstate. Follow that road five miles to a sign pointing to Swasey’s Cabin. Follow that road and the signs to the cabin for 7.6 miles. The trailhead is next to the cabin.


-- Nate Carlisle

Region: San Rafael Swell

Destination: Eagle Canyon Arch

Distance: 4.8 miles

Time: 2 hours

Elevation Gain: 375 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes

Restrooms: Yes

Biking: N/A

Difficulty: 1


First published 2010-06-06