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

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] These dimensions give the arch the tallest opening and second longest span in the park.[4]

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 However, the location of "cave" young Indiana Jones exits with the Cross of Coronado is located at this same location, just to the right when looking straight on at Double Arch". The Natural Arch and Bridge Society. Archived from the original on 2013-11-26. Retrieved Oct 15, 2010.
  3. ^ a b Wilbur, Jay H., NABSQNO 12S-626928-4283540, The Natural Arch and Bridge Society, Accessed Oct 15, 2010
  4. ^ "Arches Rock Stars - Arches National Park (U.S. National Park Service)". Retrieved 2017-11-29.

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