Double Arch

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Coordinates: 38°41′29″N 109°32′25″W / 38.69139°N 109.54028°W / 38.69139; -109.54028

Heading toward Double Arch

Double Arch is a close-set pair of natural arches, one of the more known features of Arches National Park in Utah, United States. From the Double Arch parking area it's a 0.5 mile (0.8 km) round trip to the arches.[1] There are no guardrails or fences to prevent visitors from exploring directly beneath and through the arches.

The area was used as a backdrop for the opening scene of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, in which the arches are briefly visible. However, the cave shown in the movie does not exist.[2]

Double Arch was formed differently from most of the arches in Arches National Park. It is what is known as a pothole arch;[3] it formed by water erosion from above rather than more typical erosion from the side. The larger opening has a span of 148 feet (45 m) and a height of 104 feet (32 m).[3]

The view from inside Double Arch


  1. ^ Easy Trails, National Park Service, Accessed Oct 15, 2010
  2. ^ Wilbur, Jay H. "Natural Arches in the Movies". The Natural Arch and Bridge Society. Archived from the original on 2013-11-26. Retrieved Oct 15, 2010.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ a b Wilbur, Jay H., NABSQNO 12S-626928-4283540, The Natural Arch and Bridge Society, Accessed Oct 15, 2010

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