CATHEDRAL, ANGEL & KEYSTONE ARCHES
ARCH CANYON HISTORY:
Arch Canyon is a twelve mile long box canyon located north of highway 95. The canyon has beautiful redrock walls, and it is possible to see several arches. The creek that runs along the bottom of the canyon normally has water. Look along the canyon walls for hanging gardens. As you look for hanging gardens, you are also likely to spot cliff dwellings. Please remember to treat these special places with respect. This trail has no visitor fee. The first 8 miles or so of the canyon is accessible by mountain bikes, ATV's and 4x4's. Once the trail reaches the boundary of the Manti-La Sal National Forest it becomes a hiking only trail. There are 3 natural arches, Cathedral, Angel and Keystone, that can be found along the hiking only section of the trail. Several Anasazi cliff dwellings and other archaeological sites are scattered along the rest of the canyon.
GETTING THERE FROM BLANDING: (ARCH CANYON TRAILHEAD)
Head south of Blanding on Highway 191 for a 3 miles and and turn west onto Highway 95. Follow Highway 95 for 14 miles and turn right (north) into Comb Wash onto County Road 229. The turnoff is just past Comb Ridge campground and lower Comb Wash. Follow the dirt road for about 2.3 miles. Visitors to Arch Canyon should know that the trail makes numerous stream crossings. While the stream isn't very big there are a couple of crossings that are wallowed out and hold enough water that they can be more than boot deep. The 15 mile long canyon has 3 natural arches as well as several Anasazi cliff dwellings and other archaeological sites.
GETTING THERE FROM BLANDING: (ARCH CANYON OVERLOOK)
Head south of Blanding on Highway 191 for a 3 miles and and turn west onto Highway 95. Follow Highway 95 for 20 miles and turn right (north) into Texas Flats/Mule Canyon. After turning off of hwy 95, reset your odometer and follow Co. Rd 263 past the trail head for House On Fire Ruins and continue for about 1 mile until you come across the North Fork of Mule Canyon. At the fork stay left. Continue on this road for just over 5 miles, where you will reach another fork. Stay right and travel down the more used road. After a short 1 .5 miles you will reach another fork. If you’re worried about clearance, you can park here and walk the final .2 miles to the overlook, otherwise turn on this road and continue to the parking area.