Hike of the week: Jewel Tibbetts Arch — Moab

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Directions • From U.S. Highway 191 north of Moab, turn west on State Road 313. Drive for 10 miles. Turn right (northwest) onto an unpaved road just before a cattleguard. Drive for 1.3 miles following the signs to Jewel Tibbetts Arch. The trail head is marked with a kiosk.

You won't get your picture taken at this arch. It looks like a hole in the opposing rock face as you view it from a canyon overlook. But the loop hike is easy and offers a scenic view of the canyon. From the trail head going clockwise, follow the Jeep trail. At .19 miles, you will see a cairn on your right. The stacks of rocks will guide you most of the rest of the way. Pay attention so you don't walk past the cairns. At .84 miles you will arrive at the canyon rim. Continue following the cairns. At the 1-mile mark, you will see a sign directing to the arch overlook. To finish the loop, return to the sign and walk past it then follow the cairns back through the dirt and brush until you return to the Jeep trail. Jewel Tibbetts Arch overlook

Hiking time • 1 hour

Round trip miles • 2.1 miles

Elevation gain • 130 feet

Difficulty • Easy

Trail head restrooms • No

Dogs allowed • Yes

Bikes allowed • No