Moonshine Arch is an 85 foot long Arch that’s hidden just 8 miles outside Vernal. It’s a beautiful trail with awesome views. There’s some incline towards the end but nothing too serious. ... more
Moonshine Arch is an 85 foot long Arch that’s hidden just 8 miles outside Vernal. It’s a beautiful trail with awesome views. There’s some incline towards the end but nothing too serious.
Driving Instructions (from Dinosaurland.com)
0.0 miles Leaves Vernal north on US 191 from center of town.
Pass Steinaker State Park. 5.7 Entrance road to Steinaker State Park (left). DO NOT TURN HERE - Keep traveling on US 191.
6.5 miles -Less than one mile past the entrance to Steinaker State Park, about mid-point in the curve of the highway there will be a dirt road to the left, which is a little hard to see from the highway. Turn left onto this road which is also covered in gravel.
7.0 The gravel road crosses a small wash. About one-half mile from the highway turn left from the gravel onto a wide dirt road, then follow the green metal moonshine arch signs.
7.3 Road veers left. To the right is where you can ride the Red Mountain OHV Trail. It is open to ATV’s, Jeeps, Rock Crawlers, etc. The main trailhead is located at Doc’s Beach.
7.7 At the green metal sign, stay left.
7.8 Hiking Trailhead- Here you will come upon a fence line followed by a gulch. If you are not driving a high clearance vehicle, park off to the side and you can hike the rest of the way (about 1 mile).
7.9 Trail turns left. If you come to the mouth of a deep canyon beneath an alluring cliff filled with large shallow caverns, you have gone the wrong way and need to turn around.
8.1 Turn right and follow the dirt road through a sagebrush channel.
8.2 Trail stays to the left.
Tips & Suggestions
Features & Amenities
Vernal, UT 84078
Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, meaning we get a commission if you decide to make a purchase through our links, at no cost to you. Please read our disclosures for more info.
This is a fun hike in the morning or afternoon when the sun’s not blazing down. The arch is amazing, and we had a great time scrambling around on the rocks.