Eye of the Whale Arch
ElevationAscent: 50' 15 m
Descent: -29' -9 m
High: 4,979' 1,518 m
Low: 4,929' 1,502 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 14% (8°)
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“A visit to this out-of-the-way arch provides solitude and a unique perspective on the park.”— Megan W
Family Friendly If the kids (and the car!) can handle the bumpy ride to the trailhead, this short out-and-back is totally doable!
From the trailhead, the arch may not seem that noteworthy and won't really resemble a whale yet. Pass through the arch on this mellow 1/4 mile path, then turn around to look backwards. From the backside it is easy to see the heavy brow and eye hole of the whale.
If you liked your adventure to this area, seek out an unnamed arch accessible from this same trailhead. From the parking area, head around the north side of this rock formation for 1/4 mile and look for the arch nestled in the rock fins.
Land Manager: National Park Service - Arches National Park