Soldier Pass Arches Trail

Summary:  A hike to view some red rock arches

Challenge Level:  Moderate

Hiking Distance:  About 1 1/2 miles each way, 3 miles round trip

Trailhead Directions:  From the "Y" (the intersection of State Route 89A and State Route 179), drive west on SR 89A for 1 1/4 mile and turn right on Soldier Pass Road. Proceed on Soldier Pass for 1 1/2 miles. Turn right on Rim Shadows. Go approximately 1/4 mile and turn left into the parking area. The gate to the parking area is open from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. If you get back to your car after 6:00 pm, you won't be able to leave the parking area.

Description:  Follow the Soldier Pass Trail and pass through Devil's Kitchen and the 7 Sacred Pools. About 1.3 miles from the trailhead is a side trail that goes up to the Soldier Pass Arches. You'll be able to get to two of the three arches with some effort. The third arch requires walking along the cliff face on a narrow trail that to us wasn't worth the effort.

Here's a link to a video of the hike (


Click on the photos below for a bigger view



Guest Photos:

Here is a photo of a Javelina along the trail taken by Jim Greene 

Here are some photos taken by Darryl Thompson 

Here are photos taken by Susan Lyons 

Here are photos taken by Lou Camp 



For those of you who have a GPS unit, I have GPS data available for the hike which include "tracks," the route and waypoints.  

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Last Updated November 29, 2014
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