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Jewel Tibbetts Arch Trail

Jewel Tibbetts Arch Trail

Jewel Tibbetts Arch Trail

Length of Hike: 2.1 miles, round-trip (semi-loop); allow about 2 hours round-trip.

Type of Hike: Marked primitive trail

Area Attractions: Spectacular views across Hell Roaring Canyon to a large natural arch.  Close to several BLM campgrounds, and to Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park.


               Jewel Tibbetts Arch Hiking Trail Map

Trailhead Location: Off Utah scenic Byway 313.  Approximately 10 miles west of the US 191/Utah 313 junction, turn right just before a fence/cattleguard and go 1.3 miles on an unimproved dirt road to a parking lot.

Route Description: From the parking lot, the trail passes through a fence and follows a dirt road for about 0.1 miles.  The trail leaves the road and goes down several dry washes until it rejoins an old road (closed to vehicles).  After a short distance, the trail leaves the old road, and follows a series of rock cairns to near the edge of the 400 foot deep Hell Roaring Canyon.   After a short distance, the trail follows a short spur onto a slickrock platform, from which spectacular views of the arch and the canyon below can be had.  The trail returns to the parking lot across a blackbrush mesa, where it rejoins the road.

The arch is named after Jewel Tibbetts, a Moab resident who lived about  10 miles distance at the Horsethief Ranch in the 1950’ and 1960”s with her husband Bill.  They often took ranch visitors to see the arch.

Note:  Hikers should exercise caution on those sections of the trail which are close to the edge of Hell-Roaring Canyon.  The trail can be very warm in summer.  Neither mountain bikes nor motorized vehicles are allowed on this trail, except for the first 0.1 miles where the trail follows an existing road.