Cassidy Arch

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3.2 Miles 5.1 Kilometers



734' 224 m


-732' -223 m


6,000' 1,829 m


5,393' 1,644 m



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Max Grade (35°)

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A classic desert trail leading to a spectacular natural arch.

Matt Callahan


This area can be extremely hot during the late spring and summer seasons. After your ascent up the switchbacks, you'll start to lose the shade from being inside the canyon.
Don't let the difficulty rating scare you away from this highly trafficked 3-mile round trip out and back trail leading up to an incredible arch overlooking the canyon below.
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Family Friendly: Easily navigable trail and incredible views make for a journey the whole family will remember.


After turning off the scenic drive, you'll continue down a dirt road easily accessible by any car. The road continues for about a mile, ending at the parking area and start point for the Grand Wash Trail.

Begin down the Grand Wash Trail from the parking area for a few hundred yards and the sign for Cassidy Arch Trail appears on your left. The trail begins gaining elevation rapidly via well-made switchbacks leading up the canyon wall. The trail is easy to navigate and climb via the well marked and maintained route along the canyon rim. The views along the trail are worth every minute and drop of sweat throughout the trip.

As you continue along the trail after the series of switchbacks, the trail will continue skirt the canyon rim until you reach a section of the trail at a dry wash where you must take a sharp left continuing on and up the trail. (Beware of this section because the path appears to continue straight through the soft sand wash, and misleading footprints are common. A few rocks blocking the wash try to prevent you from continuing straight in the wrong direction)

After taking the left at this wash, you begin a slight climb, and eventually head around a bend to your first breathtaking view of the canyon, surrounding cliffs and in the distance to the right Cassidy Arch. Continue to follow the trail until you reach a sign at a fork for different trails. Follow the directions and arrow for Cassidy Arch trail to the left and down a few steps from the sign for another 0.5 miles.

As you continue on the last stretch of the trail you'll begin to notice an increase in cairns and desert wood marking the route. You'll start to lose the distinct dirt trail and begin to ascend slightly across and up slick rock formations. Follow the cairns along the slick rock which eventually guides you to the grand view of the Cassidy Arch. From this incredible view you can also work your way out safely onto the larger more structured arch capturing amazing pictures and views.


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Apr 14, 2017
Katie Levine
Can be difficult to follow at times, but just look for the cairns 3.3mi — 2h 00m
Apr 11, 2017
JD Hoffmann
Apr 9, 2017
Natasha Udink
My young kids did this hike combined with the grand wash hike. They were over it by the end but we all loved it. Spectacular views
Apr 7, 2017
Mark Kirley
Very steep and at sometimes challenging trail, lots of gains in a short amount of time with a stellar payoff. 3.2mi
Mar 7, 2017
Lauren Vahldick
Oct 20, 2016
Terry Hargraves
Sep 12, 2016
Taka Nishi
Sunny, then rainy at last time. 3.2mi
Jul 14, 2016
Hunter McCleary

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