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Harrisburg Arch in Red Cliffs Reserve

The large arch in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve opposite Harrisburg in Hurricane, Utah, is quite spectacular when viewed up close. It can be accessed by travelling cross country from the Prospector Trail. This is a fairly easy trail.

Trail Rating

Overall rating = easy

Distance: 1 mile return – easy
Elevation gain: Terrain: Unmarked rolling hills – easy
Exposure: none – easy
To see the trail rating system used here see Trail Rating System

Getting There

If travelling north-east on Interstate I15, take exit 16 towards Hurricane and then turn left at the 2nd traffic light, 5300W, towards Quail Lake State Park and Reservoir. This road ends at the service road near Harrisburg. Turn right and then turn left on the marked Red Cliffs Desert Reserve Road which goes west under the interstate highway.

If travelling south-west on Interstate I15 take exit 23 into Leeds and turn left onto N Main Street. Continue through Leeds to a stop sign at the end of State Road 228. Veer left taking the service road to the marked Red Cliffs Desert Reserve Road and turn right going west under the interstate.

Directions to the Red Cliffs Recreation Area from I15

Park at the old homestead ~1/2 mile in this road. From there hike further along this road for ~500 feet to the Prospector sign.

Parking Area and Prospector Trailhead

For a one page printout of the directions click Directions to the Harrisburg Arch

The Trail

Take the Prospector Trail on the left. Hike ~400 feet along this trail and then head west across open rolling hills to the arch. After you leave the Prospector trail, cross the low end of the Silver Reef going down into a wash, along it for several hundred feet, and then up out of the wash going in the direction of the arch. You will come to a road part way which goes to a low spot on the rock wall in front of the arch where you can easily climb up.

From the rock wall there is a distinct trail that leads to the base of the arch. The total distance from the prospector Trail to the Arch is ~1/2 mile.

To get a better view of the arch and surrounding countryside take the trail up the steep grassy hill to the left. If you follow the left edge you come to a rock ledge which can be easily scaled and then come back a trail closer to the arch wall avoiding the return back over the rock wall.

To reach the top of the arch, hike south around the rock hill to the left of the arch and travel ~1/2 mile to a series of gradual ascents which will take you up and back along a ledge to the top.

Arch Location

These are some of the pictures that we took.