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Jeep Arch


Jeep Arch, also called Gold Bar Arch, is five miles west-northwest of downtown Moab, Utah. It sits in an isolated U-shaped rock formation near the head of Culvert Canyon. Access is from Potash Road, ascending either Culvert Canyon or nearby Gold Bar Canyon. The undeveloped trailhead, which serves both routes, is merely a wide portion of the road shoulder. The Culvert Canyon route is also undeveloped. I have no experience with the Gold Bar Canyon route, but I would guess that it, too, is undeveloped.

Lack of a well-defined trail in Culvert Canyon makes finding the arch a bit of a challenge for the first-time visitor. Although I had a very brief written description of the route, I encountered four dead-ends on my way to the arch. Seeing the nice canyon scenery and reaching the arch made up for the failures of route-finding. Pictures appear in chronological order.

The arch is at the center of this WikiMapia aerial view.

Tunnel vision at the start the hike...
Tunnel vision at the start the hike...
Culvert Canyon's namesake
Culvert Canyon's namesake
This is wilderness! (toys left in the stream canyon)
This is wilderness! (toys left in the stream canyon)
Streamside vegetation (Sacred Datura [Datura wrightii] ?)
Streamside vegetation (Sacred Datura [Datura wrightii] ?)
View up the canyon just after exiting the culvert---what delights lie around the bend?
View up the canyon just after exiting the culvert---what delights lie around the bend?
The route by=-passes the puddle on a rock shelf
The route by=-passes the puddle on a rock shelf
Looking down-canyon at a pour-off
Looking down-canyon at a pour-off
Tree
Tree
Bedrock galore
Bedrock galore
Ant lion holes in sand under a rock shelf
Ant lion holes in sand under a rock shelf
Looking down-canyon
Looking down-canyon
Not exactly a paved path...
Not exactly a paved path...
Yellow flower
Yellow flower
Buttresses
Buttresses
Wall looming over the canyon
Wall looming over the canyon
The pour-off that forced me to scramble out of the canyon
The pour-off that forced me to scramble out of the canyon
Above the canyon and the dead-end pour-off
Above the canyon and the dead-end pour-off
Up the slope above the streambed I found this trail, but it faded out soon
Up the slope above the streambed I found this trail, but it faded out soon
Weirdly-shaped rock
Weirdly-shaped rock
Break time near a tower
Break time near a tower
Looking up (duh!) at Gold Bar Tower
Looking up (duh!) at Gold Bar Tower
Wall near Gold Bar Tower
Wall near Gold Bar Tower
View across the valley from the base of the tower
View across the valley from the base of the tower
Boulder-like end of a butte
Boulder-like end of a butte
Large pour-off
Large pour-off
Gold Bar Tower, as seen from the top of the pour-off of the previous picture
Gold Bar Tower, as seen from the top of the pour-off of the previous picture
Shelf route that turned out to be a dead-end
Shelf route that turned out to be a dead-end
View south from the shelf of the previous photo
View south from the shelf of the previous photo
Honeycombed rock layer about 18 inches (46cm) thick
Honeycombed rock layer about 18 inches (46cm) thick
Rock shelf, wall, and the Jeep Arch massif
Rock shelf, wall, and the Jeep Arch massif
Rock shelf was fascinating but a dead-end; Jeep Arch (hidden) is in the middle of the massif
Rock shelf was fascinating but a dead-end; Jeep Arch (hidden) is in the middle of the massif
180-degree pano from 8 images, showing my hiking route
180-degree pano from 8 images, showing my hiking route
Pontiac chieftain? near end of dead-end shelf
Pontiac chieftain? near end of dead-end shelf
Looking toward the Colorado River; rain is falling in the distance
Looking toward the Colorado River; rain is falling in the distance
Bush and ripples
Bush and ripples
That brightly-lit undulating plateau is calling to me; it will be a long hike to reach it
That brightly-lit undulating plateau is calling to me; it will be a long hike to reach it
Curves
Curves
Rock shelf that was a dead-end, with the tower at far right
Rock shelf that was a dead-end, with the tower at far right
First view of Jeep Arch...now to descend the end of this white shelf
First view of Jeep Arch...now to descend the end of this "white shelf"
What the !*#?*#%!---the light-colored rock is another dead-end
What the !*#?*#%!---the light-colored rock is another dead-end
First look at Jeep Arch
First look at Jeep Arch
Sandstone massif containing Jeep Arch (I must go around the right side)
Sandstone massif containing Jeep Arch (I must go around the right side)
Panoramic view (threee images) of first dead-end shelf (at center) and Gold bar Tower
Panoramic view (threee images) of first dead-end shelf (at center) and Gold bar Tower
Close-up of the first dead-end shelf, and Gold Bar Tower
Close-up of the first dead-end shelf, and Gold Bar Tower
Weird rock
Weird rock
Jeep Arch from back side of the massif
Jeep Arch from back side of the massif
Getting close to Jeep Arch
Getting close to Jeep Arch
Under Jeep Arch
Under Jeep Arch
Cell phone image of Jeep Arch (also called Gold Bar Arch)
Cell phone image of Jeep Arch (also called Gold Bar Arch)
View east from Jeep Arch: stream basin in Culvert Canyon
View east from Jeep Arch: stream basin in Culvert Canyon
Lunch break at Jeep Arch
Lunch break at Jeep Arch
View of Jeep Arch from its back (west) side
View of Jeep Arch from its back (west) side
My equipment (Joe Tripod at right)
My equipment (Joe Tripod at right)
Interesting webby rock layer (blue pencil gives scale)
Interesting "webby" rock layer (blue pencil gives scale)
Weird rock about ten feet tall
Weird rock about ten feet tall
Storm approaches...
Storm approaches...
Lightning, thunder, and rain
Lightning, thunder, and rain
Storm has passed over me and is now behind this ridge
Storm has passed over me and is now behind this ridge"
Bird in streambed
Bird in streambed
Getting close to the trailhead
Getting close to the trailhead
End of hike: tired but satisfied
End of "hike": tired but satisfied