Arches National Park

Arches National Park

Lost Spring Canyon

Latitude, Longitude: 38.774562, -109.529572

This 3,140-acre area was added to Arches National Park in 1998. It provides a
unique backcountry experience. The Bureau of Land Management administered
the area as a Wilderness Study Area since 1985, though Lost Spring Canyon has
been grazed for years. When it was added to Arches, the Grand Canyon Trust
generously purchased the grazing permit and donated it to the National Park
Service. Livestock were removed and will be fenced out, enabling the National
Park Service to begin vegetation monitoring, protection and restoration eff orts.
In addition, the removal of livestock has eliminated potential confl icts between
recreational backcountry visitors and active livestock operations.


By Hiking
Drive 17.7 miles (28.5 km) from the main
park entrance to the Sand Dune/Broken
Arch trailhead, where you can park your
vehicle. Take the trail to Broken Arch (past
the Sand Dune Arch cutoff ). At about
0.2 mile, the trail crosses a buried natural
gas pipeline. The pipeline is a mostly
obvious, right-angle swath of contrasting
vegetation. Follow the pipeline to your right
(northeast), downhill, away from the main
park road. About two miles from the road,
you will cross the wash leading into Clover
Canyon. Follow the pipeline for another 2/3
mile, and you will reach Salt Wash.

By Driving
These directions take you via dirt roads to
the northwest rim of Lost Spring Canyon.
Normally, these roads are passable by
high-clearance, two-wheel-drive vehicles.
If the road is wet, four-wheel drive may
be required or roads may be impassable.
Vehicles are not permitted off designated
roads within Arches National Park. Signs
will indicate the park boundary and where
you should park.