Overview

This short paved trail leads to an impressive double arch in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Grosvenor Arch was named after Gilbert Hovey Grosvenor the president of the National Geographic Society when it was discovered by one of their expeditions in the 1940’s. This hike is suitable for children and adults of all skill and fitness levels.  

Trailhead

Grosvenor Arch is accessed from the Cottonwood Canyon road south of Cannonville, Utah. The Cottonwood Canyon Road is a gravel road that is usually passable to passenger cars in dry conditions. However, be sure to check with the Grand Staircase-Escalante Visitor Center for current conditions, as the road can sometimes require a high clearance 4WD vehicle. The GSENM Visitor Center is located at 10 Center Street in Cannonville, or can be reached by calling (435) 826-5640. To find the Grosveor Arch Trailhead from Cannonville, Utah, refer to these directions:

  1. From Highway 12 in Cannonville, turn south onto Main Street/Cottonwood Canyon Road.
  2. Continue south for approximately 16.8 miles to the signed junction for Grosvenor Arch on the left (east).
  3. Turn left and continue 1.0 mile to the Grosvenor Arch trailhead on the left (37.454412,-111.832945).

The Hike

From the parking area, begin walking north on the paved path through a field of sagebrush. After 0.15 miles the concrete path ends at a nice viewing point just below Grosvenor Arch.

You may continue from the concrete path on a number of social trails that continue to the base of the rocks below Grosvenor Arch. At nearly 150 feet above the ground, the view from directly below the arch is quite impressive and well worth the extra walk. When you’re done exploring, simply return the way you came.

Rules & Regulations

  • Clean up after pets.
  • Pack out all trash.

Special Considerations

This area can be extremely hot during spring, summer and fall. Carry plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing.

Credits

This trail guide is provided by Backcountry Post.