Grosvenor ArchGrand Staircase-Escalante, Ut
Amazing Views, Geological Wonders, and Accessible
Length: 0.2 mi
Elevation Gain: 23 ft
Approximate Hiking Time: 10-20 min
Features: Geological Features
Nearest Town: Cannonville, Ut
Grosvenor Arch is an incredible, towering arch inside Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
A short and sweet walk down a paved path brings you to the base of this towering marvel. The road to the trailhead may be bumpy, but the trip is totally worth it.
- Trail Condition 100% 100%
- Usage 80% 80%
- Trail Head Easy to Find 80% 80%
- Kid Friendly 100% 100%
1. Amazing Landscape Views
As if the arch itself isn’t beautiful enough, the drive to get here is incredible, bumpy or not.
2. Grosvenor Arch
Visit a beautiful sandstone double arch. Possibly one of the biggest and most beautiful double arches we’ve seen.
It’s possible to get a clear view of the arch from the parking lot, but a paved path leads to the base. So why not?
From Cannonville take Kodachrome Road/Cottonwood Canyon Road towards Kodachrome Basin State Park for about 7.1 miles to the turn off for Kodachrome Basin State Park. At the turn off, Cottonwood Canyon Road will change from a paved road to an unmaintained road. Stay straight onto the dirt road. Depending on the time of year and weather will depend on how good the road is. There was a small stream we had to cross when we came, but it was passable to 2 wheel drive vehicles.
Once on the unimproved road, continue to follow Cottonwood Canyon Road for another 7.1 miles. County Road connects to Cottonwood Canyon Road about 5.8 miles from where the unimproved road starts and forms a “Y”. Make sure you stay right on Cottonwood Canyon Rd at the “Y”. Continue to follow Cottonwood Canyon Road until the turn off to Grosvenor Arch.
There is a sign at the turn-off for Grosvenor Arch at Last Chance Creek Road. Turn left here.
Follow Last Chance Creek Road for about 1 mile. The trailhead and parking area for Grosvenor Arch is on the left.
There is an information sign at the trailhead detailing information of how the arch was formed. Long story short it sits at the intersection of the Henrieville Formation and Dakota Formation. Over time wind and water erode the surrounding rock to form these amazing arches.
While you can clearly see Grosvenor Arch from the trailhead and parking area, a quick walk out is totally worth it. A paved path takes you to a viewpoint near the base of Grosvenor Arch. There were a couple areas on the pavement that were covered in sand when we visited, but the path was still easily accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
The trail ends at a viewpoint offering great views of the arch. It is possible to get closer and right under the arch using a social trail from the paved path. While you’re under the arch gaze up and ponder the sheer size and beauty of this natural wonder.
Why is this hike rated accessible?
An easy, flat, paved path leads to a viewpoint near the base of Grosvenor Arch. At the time of writing the path is easily passable by wheelchairs and strollers. The hardest part of this hike is stomaching the unimproved road which can be quite bumpy.
More Hikes to Choose From
Check out this and more hikes in and around Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and Cannonville.
Length: 2.6 mi
Elevation Gain: 220 ft
Grand Parade Trail runs a loop along the Kodachrome Basin floor that you can hike, bike, or horseback ride your way around.
Length: 1.7 mi
Elevation Gain: 220 ft
Angels Palace Trail is a photographer’s paradise offering up big views of the park, amazing overlooks, and geological wonders.
Length: 0.4 mi
Elevation Gain: 27 ft
Learn more about the animals, plants, and geology of Kodachrome Basin State Park on the Kodachrome Nature Trail.