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Wilson's Arch, Moab

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Geologic Formation · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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Wilson Arch, also known as Wilson's Arch, is a natural sandstone arch in 38°16′22″N 109°22′16″W, southeastern Utah, United States just off U.S. Route 191 located in San Juan County, 24 miles (39 km) south of Moab. It has a span of 91 feet (28 m) and height of 46 feet (14 m). It is visible from the road to the east where there are turnouts with interpretive signs. The elevation of Wilson Arch is about 6,150 feet (1,870 m).
According to the sign at the pulloff near the arch:

Wilson Arch was named after Joe Wilson, a local pioneer who had a cabin nearby in Dry Valley. This formation is known as Entrada Sandstone. Over time superficial cracks, joints, and folds of these layers were saturated with water. Ice formed in the fissures, melted under extreme desert heat, and winds cleaned out the loose particles. A series of free-standing fins remained. Wind and water attacked these fins until, in some, cementing material gave way and chunks of rock tumbled out. Many damaged fins collapsed like the one to the right of Wilson Arch. Others, with the right degree of hardness survived despite their missing middles like Wilson Arch.
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  • This is located on the side of the main road, not in a park, and is just as pretty as any you see in the park. Large pull offs on the side of the road for a beautiful photo op. 
    This is located on the side of the main road, not in a park, and is just as pretty as any you see in the park. Large pull offs on the side of the road for a beautiful photo op.  more »
  • We saw Wilson's Arch on our way to Needles, the Southern entrance to Canyonlands NP. A beautiful arch you can see from the road. 
    We saw Wilson's Arch on our way to Needles, the Southern entrance to Canyonlands NP. A beautiful arch you can see from the road.  more »
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  • Stop here! Even if you are just casually driving by! It is so beautiful and a refreshing (but steep!) short hike up to get close to the arch! The parking is basically just a pull off the highway but there’s room for big rigs as well as plenty of smaller vehicles! I stopped while driving through and was so happy I did- it’s amazing to be able to get so close to such an iconic stone formation! There are no bathrooms here though!
  • What a great place to enter the valley! It was our first stop coming up from Cortez, CO and man is it ever dressed to impress!!! Wow!!! Easy hike up to the arches. The sandstone was not slippery at all when we ere there today 8/18/22. Great photo ops!

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