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Moonshine Arch

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Moonshine Arch is an impressive arch and neighboring sandstone formations near Vernal, Utah that is great family hike!


Moonshine Arch is 8 miles north of Vernal, just beyond Steinaker State Park and before Red Fleet State Park. Moonshine Arch is on BLM land, but is surrounded by private property. Google Maps could mistakenly direct you to go directly from Steinaker, but that way isn’t permitted. Continue along US-191 for one mile north of Steinaker State Park and there will be a sign that indicates where to turn for Moonshine Arch. This road isn’t paved, but is nicely graded. There is a parking lot with a map.

The first small section is slightly downhill and then it flattens out.

The trail switches between packed dirt, sand and rock.

There are two intersections and both times turn right.

There are a few sandstone hills.

At the top you can look around for views.

We saw a few creatures along the way.

Soon you arrive at a sign that designates the Moonshine Arch area.

Moonshine Arch is so beautiful!

As you get closer you can see that space on the opposite side.

There is a shallow cave or grotto that you can also explore.

I love the views looking out!

Moonshine Arch is 85 feet long, so it’s quite large.

Stats: Distance – 1.4 miles round trip
Approximate hiking time – 30-90 minutes
Elevation gain – 252 feet
Difficulty – Easy
Trail – well maintained trail of dirt and rocks
Bathrooms – At Trailhead
Seasons to hike – Year-round
Permits needed – None
Pets allowed – Yes

Other places to explore are Red Fleet State Park, Dinosaur Trackway, McConkie Ranch Petroglyphs, Fantasy Canyon, Steinaker Reservoir, Flaming Gorge, and Green River Rafting.


We have so much beauty in Utah to explore! I love hiking and photography and can help you find your next favorite hike! All photos were taken by me!

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