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La Boca Arch, UT

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Route Finding 1 of 5
Distance Round Trip 0.83 miles
Trailhead Elevation 5,291 feet
Elevation Gain -78 feet
Accumulated Gain 105 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 1 hour
Kokopelli Seeds 1.36
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7  2020-02-29 PaleoRob
Author PaleoRob
author avatar Guides 168
Routes 223
Photos 5,972
Trips 1,090 map ( 2,430 miles )
Age 40 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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Preferred   Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov → Any
Seasons   Autumn to Spring
Sun  4:53am - 7:46pm
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by PaleoRob

The backside of Arches area is very remote with limited cell coverage, bad roads, and no services. Travel safely and always tell people where you are going to be.

This hike is a quick jaunt down a dirt road to a seldom-visited arch. Vehicles with higher clearance can drive all the way to the arch parking lot. The drive to get to the trailhead is far more complex than the hike itself.

The hike starts at a cattle guard along the Highlands Road in the backside of Arches area. From the cattleguard, take the dirt two-track that heads northwest along the fence line before turn to the north. Once you have gone approximately 0.3 miles a spur road will appear on the left, along with a wooden sign saying, "Arch." From there it is a quick hike up the hill to the arch parking lot. La Boca arch is obvious from the parking area and a well-used trail descends to the wash at its base. You can climb up into the arch itself and relax, or a quick scramble up the west side of the slickrock will provide you access to the back of the arch. The slickrock dome provides fun and entertaining scrambles as well as views out towards Arches National Park and I-70 to the northeast.

Water Sources
None in the immediate vicinity.

Yes, primitive dispersed camping is allowed in this area.

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2020-05-23 PaleoRob
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Jeep Road - Car possible when dry

    To hike
    Exit I-70 at the Cisco exit (Exit 204). On the south side of the interstate, turn west onto a dirt frontage road. This road has three major dips, so use caution when approaching/crossing otherwise major vehicle damage can occur. This section of road is otherwise well-graded, so oftentimes people speed down it and end up having to slam on their brakes as they enter the ditches.
    The road naturally bends left after the third dip at a pipeline station. Follow this road (BLM road 163). It will cross Mancos badlands and a wash before rising into the highlands. 8.8 miles from the pipeline station, take the road leading to the left. After staying on this road for 2.5 miles, make a right onto the Owl Draw Road - look for a sign that says, "Arch," with an arrow at this intersection. Continue on the Owl Draw Road for 1.2 miles, then turn left onto the Highlands Road (also signed with an Arch sign). This road descends into a draw - there is also a newish (as of spring 2020) gate not far past the turn onto the Highlands Road, remember to leave it the way you found it. Follow the Highlands Road approximately 2.5 miles to the cattle guard and the La Boca arch low-clearance parking area.
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