Hiking to the Sandstone Creation Known as Wilson Arch
Posted On 02/01/2021 09:29:03
Utah | Moab | Wilson Arch | Wilson's Arch | Joe Wilson | Sandstone | Road Trips | Roadside Attractions | Hiking
Just south of Moab, Utah on U.S. 91 is a natural sandstone arch that stands on the side of the road.
Wilson Arch, located about 25 miles away from Moab, measures over 90 feet wide and is easily seen
while driving by. Often referred to as Wilson's Arch, it was named after a pioneer, Joe Wilson, who owned
a nearby cabin. Prior to the formation of arches like this one, cracks in the sandstone filled with water
and froze. After melting, loose pieces of sandstone were cleared away by wind and rain leaving openings
that resemble an arch.
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Do you stop at roadside attractions that were not originally part of your travel plans?
While we were in Moab, Utah in 2018, our plans were to visit the nearby national parks. Although we
didn't really have much additional time, we drove past a roadside arch several times and decided that we had to stop. There was parking available and the hike to get closer to the arch was pretty short.
Fun fact: Wilson Arch was named after a local pioneer, Joe Wilson.
What are some of your favorite roadside attractions that you hadn't originally planned to stop at?