Covered Wagon Natural Bridge and Cedar Wash Arch
The hikes begin off the Cedar Wash road. High clearance or 4-wheel drive may be required for the road. Check at the GSENM visitor center for current road conditions. In Escalante, turn south on Center Street (Cedar Wash Road) and continue 9.1 miles. At this point, the road curves left and a small wash adjacent to the road on the right. Park here. Drop into the wash and walk a short distance upstream to the Covered Wagon Natural Bridge. The bridge is a 5 minute walk from the road. Return to your vehicle the same way you came. To get to the Cedar Wash Arch, continue along the road for another 1.2 miles (10.3 total) where a small, unmarked drive-through pullout is located on the south (right) side of the road. Park here. Using game trails or small washes , head in a southeasterly direction toward the large canyon ahead. Be sure to pay attention to landmarks so that you can find your way back to your vehicle. The canyon rim is approximately 0.25 miles (a 10-15 minute walk) from the road. Once your reach the rim of the canyon, head east (left) and start looking for the arch off in the distance. It is located in the white sandstone on the same side of the canyon and below the level you will be walking on, and the light opening is no visible from this perspective. If you cannot see the arch, follow the rim of the canyon east (left) until it comes into view. Retrace your route back to the road. Return to Escalante the same way, or continue on the Cedar Wash road until it meets the Hole in the Rock road. Head north (left) on the Hole in the Rock road to return to Hwy 12.
Map: USGS 7.5 minute quads: Escalante, Dave Canyon