Mesa Arch

Coordinates: 38°23′16″N 109°51′49″W / 38.3878595°N 109.8636644°W / 38.3878595; -109.8636644
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Mesa Arch
Mesa Arch, August 2016
Mesa Arch, August 2016
Mesa Arch is located in Utah
Mesa Arch
Mesa Arch
Location in Utah
Mesa Arch is located in the United States
Mesa Arch
Mesa Arch
Mesa Arch (the United States)
Coordinates: 38°23′16″N 109°51′49″W / 38.3878595°N 109.8636644°W / 38.3878595; -109.8636644[1]
LocationCanyonlands National Park
San Juan County, Utah, U.S.
GeologyNavajo Sandstone[2]
Elevation1,859 m (6,099 ft)
Topo mapUSGS Musselman Arch

Mesa Arch (also known as Rotary Arch and Trail Arch) is a pothole arch on the eastern edge of the Island in the Sky mesa in Canyonlands National Park in northern San Juan County, Utah, United States.[3][4][5] Mesa Arch is a spectacular natural stone arch perched at the edge of a cliff with vast views of canyons, Monster Tower, Washer Woman Arch, Airport Tower, and the La Sal Mountains in the distance. Access is via a relatively easy hiking trail, just a half-mile long from the park road.


Spring and fall are the most favorable seasons to visit Mesa Arch. According to the Köppen climate classification system, it is located in a cold semi-arid climate zone, which is defined by the coldest month having an average mean temperature below −0 °C (32 °F) and at least 50% of the total annual precipitation being received during the spring and summer. This desert climate receives less than 10 inches (250 millimeters) of annual rainfall, and snowfall is generally light during the winter.


  1. ^ a b "Mesa Arch". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2020-08-30.
  2. ^ Green, Stewart M (2020). Best Day Hikes Moab. Falcon Guides. p. 121.
  3. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Mesa Arch
  4. ^ "MyTopo Maps - Mesa Arch, Moab, UT, USA" (Map). Trimble Navigation, Ltd. Retrieved 18 Mar 2019.
  5. ^ Foos, Annabelle (1999). "Geology of the Moab Region (Arches, Dead Horse Point and Canyonlands)" (PDF) (Map). National Park Service. p. 13. Archived (PDF) from the original on 11 February 2017. Retrieved 18 Mar 2019 – via Wayback Machine.

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