Trail

Babylon Arch

Leeds, UT
Length: 2.90 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

Make your way to Sand Cove Campground in Google Maps to start out. Babylon Arch isn’t a very well marked trail so the campground parking lot is actually the entry point. From there you will walk on little trail to get to the actual BLM land, undeveloped campground. No potties out here so be prepared.

This trail offers fun sand dunes to climb and rock scrambling options and little mini toddler sized slots that are appropriate for young children.

The views are beautiful and the trail is fairly flat out to the main rock area. The actual arch can be a little tricky to find so make sure you pay close attention to how you are hiking and follow rock cairns and signs.

The final descent to the arch is a steep sandy hill. Remember you have to be able to get back up it if you go down and you might be carrying a little one, so be prepared.

If you don’t make it to the final arch, the trail is still fun to hike to the final descent. Look for trail signs along the way and rock cairns for directions.

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
No

Trail highlights

Natural Play Area and Viewpoint

Beautiful sandy hills to climb and great sticky sandstone rocks that are perfect for small children to scramble around on.

There are also pack horses often riding through, which is fun to see.

Make sure you bring a carrier if you are going down to the arch because the climb back up is brutal if your kiddo decides not climb the sand hill.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Super easy to park here and it’s never crowded. No fee that I know of, although you might want to put your National Parks pass in the window because this area falls under federal jurisdiction. Parking lot is sandy and road out can be rough if it has just rained, so consider 2-wheel drive on nicer days and all wheel if rain is in the forecast.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

Shanti Hodges is the Founder of Hike it Baby. Shanti started the organization in Portland, OR in 2013 so she could find friends to hike with. It quickly caught on locally and people started contacting her to help develop hike communities that were baby and toddler focused in other cities. To further support her mission to get families outside, Shanti wrote a book “Hike it Baby: 100 Awesome Outdoor Adventures with Babies and Toddlers.” She is committed to getting local and national parks to be more aware of how they can better support families with babies and newly walking children. Shanti lives in Southern Utah with her husband and son. In her spare time she’s a hike guide and hosts women’s hike retreats

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Getting There

Getting to this hike can be a little challenging on a rainy day so make sure to check the weather because it’s all dirt roads. As you drive out toward Babylon Arch you will pass a parking lot on your left. That’s not the one you want to go in. Travel a lit bit further and you will see a left turn off that leads to another little parking lot. This parking lot will have a wood fence and a very clear trail kiosk. Make sure you park here and don’t go on as the road gets very rough and requires serious 4×4 to get out of. People do get stuck on this road so stop at the parking lot and walk the connector to the undeveloped campground and the Babylon Arch trail. See the trailhead photo so you know you are in the right spot once you have walked the connector trail to the start of the Babylon Arch trail.