Gold Bar (Jeep Arch) Moab, Utah

by Steve Cochrane January. 03, 2021 366 views

Gold Bar also called Jeep Arch is located a short drive from Moab, Utah.

Gold Bar - Jeep Arch Moab, Utah

Gold Bar - Jeep Arch Moab, Utah

From the parking area, the trail crosses under the railroad tracks using a large culvert. The dark culvert and bright light can make for a perfect silhouette.

Silhouette

Silhouette

Once on the other side, go left at the signed junction. The trail climbs back up to the railroad tracks with a short scramble up a hill. The trail is unmarked lead by cairns and only two signs. The trail ends up on a bench above Culvert Canyon, keep your eyes on the path so you don’t miss the cairns that will lead you to Jeep Arch.

Gold Bar - Jeep Arch Moab, Utah

Gold Bar - Jeep Arch Moab, Utah

As you round the corner you get your first view of the arch. The opening of the arch does resemble the outline of a jeep. With a bit of scrambling you can make your way through the arch.

Gold Bar - Jeep Arch Moab, Utah

Gold Bar - Jeep Arch Moab, Utah

The west face of Jeep Arch has an amazing view of the La Sal Mountains through the opening of the arch.

Gold Bar - Jeep Arch Moab, Utah

Gold Bar - Jeep Arch Moab, Utah

On the way back to the trailhead, I noticed movement in the red rocks. A small herd of desert bighorn sheep was scaling the rocks. Not having any of my wildlife lenses, I got this shot of three curious sheep. After doing research, Culvert Canyon is a lambing ground for the bighorn sheep. I'll have to bring my wildlife lenses next time.

Desert Bighorn Sheep - Culvert Canyon

Desert Bighorn Sheep - Culvert Canyon

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Gethin Thomas 4 months, 1 week ago

Fantastic post. Reminds me of the film McKenna's Gold. A magnificent accident of geology.

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