The Jewel Tibbetts Arch


The Jewel Tibbetts Arch is a beautiful, off-the-beaten path hike in Moab outside Canyonlands National Park. The trail traces the rim of the spectacularly named Hell Roaring Canyon, an awesome redrock formation that is usually dry and eventually meets up with the Green River. The arch is in the canyon and can be viewed froma flat outcropping. It's named after a Moab-area woman who lived at the nearby Horsethief Ranch in the 1950s and 1960s with her husband, Bill. The trail can be done as a loop or an out-and-back, and even on a busy Memorial Day weekend, it was free of other visitors. Lindsay Whitehurst

Getting there: To get there from U.S. Highway 191, turn onto State Road 313 toward Canyonlands. About 10 miles after the junction, turn right on a dirt road just before a fence/cattle guard. The road is marked by a very small sign that is easy to miss. The trailhead is about 1.3 miles inon a fairly rough dirt road. There is a tiny parking lot near the trailhead, but it's also possible to pull over and start the hike early, especially for those not driving trucks or SUVs. Enter the trail through a pass-through fence and follow an old road until a sign points the trail down a dry wash. From there, the trail is marked by a series of cairns, which are frequent but occasionally easy tomiss.


-- Lindsay Whitehurst

Region: Moab

Destination: Jewell Tibbetts Arch hike

Distance: 1.5 miles

Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Elevation Gain: 151 feet

Dog Allowed: Yes

Restrooms: No

Biking: No

Difficulty: 1


First published 2013-06-06