Secrets of Snow Canyon: Johnson’s Arch

Utah is known for its sandstone arches. I recently visited one of the lesser known arches in Snow Canyon. When you get to it, you’ll notice that the arch’s proximity to the cliff wall gives it a unique look, compared to its freestanding counterparts.

Johnson's Arch

The arch stretches 200 feet and is more blocky-looking than other famous arches. When you first see the arch, it resembles a bridge with its flat top and wide shape. It’s a nice, easy hike. The hike is a relatively flat hike of one mile in and one mile out. Its easy access makes it a family-friendly hike.

Johnson's Arch Trailhead

So what qualifies Johnson’s Arch to be on Snow Canyon’s list of secrets? It’s only open during the off-season of the state park’s traffic. To protect nesting grounds for falcons, the trail is closed except to special ranger-guided groups from March 15 to October 31. This makes it one of those secrets that hides in plain sight.

Snow Canyon State Park

Though it may only be accessible in the off-season, there is really nothing off about planning a hike to this arch in the winter months. There’s still a couple weeks left of amazing “winter” weather, so get out there!

Johnson's Arch hike

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