Elephant Arch

Washington, UT
Length: 3.80 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 1    Average: 4/5]

Elephant Arch is a small natural sandstone arch in the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area and Red Cliffs Desert Reserve north of Washington, Utah and near St. George.

The arch gets its name because it resembles the trunk and eye of an elephant. The arch is part way up a hillside at the end of a dirt hiking trail through a long wash.

This is a trail you could hike during flash flood season because it’s an open trail

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Trail Features

Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Natural Play Area and Viewpoint

Very exposed trail so consider hiking earlier in the day. Also bring lots of water and snacks.

The highlight is when you get to the arch and climb up there’s a great view all around the arch and good shade in the area with fun caves to climb around in for little kids.

Lots of caves carved into the sandstone along the way.

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

There is no fee in this area, but it’s good to have a National Park Pass when accessing any of the Red Cliff Reserve because it will allow you to get into the fee trails for free.

Trail Contributor

[Total: 1    Average: 4/5]

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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