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Arch Canyon Overlook

The view from the overlook into Arch Canyon is great any time but is spectacular at sunset

Sunset lights up the canyon walls at Arch Canyon Overlook near Bluff Utah
This overlook is not well known, so you likely will have it all to yourself, which is perfect to enjoy the solitude. Your viewpoint is out at the end of a rocky peninsula jutting into the canyon which gives you big views up and down the canyon. You should be able to spot at least one arch below you.
Use the steel steps to reach the overlook
After you enjoy the views, walk up and down the canyon rim and spot the ruins tucked in just below you.
Views up and down Arch Canyon from the overlook


  • Dogs Okay
  • The route is via dirt roads, passable with some clearance, an SUV or 4×4 is better
  • There is a campsite right at the overlook, so be courteous of those camping there
  • You can also explore the bottom of Arch Canyon to see ruins, petroglyphs and three arches


Photo Notes

  • At sunset the sun sets behind you, be there at least an hour before sunset time or the whole canyon is in shadow
  • The experience is just as good at sunrise

Sunrise at Arch Canyon


Getting to Arch Canyon Overlook

  • From Blanding take Highway 95 west for 23.5 miles.
  • The turnoff is to the right at about mile marker 102 onto County Road 263 at ( 37.537061, -109.737248 )

The dirst road out to the overlook

  • Continue for 1 mile and turn left onto Arch canyon road at ( 37.544442, -109.727697 ).
  • Continue 3.6 miles to the Y at ( 37.580639, -109.760556 ) bear right and continue for 1.3 miles where you will reach another fork at ( 37.597386, -109.767093 ), bear right and continue the short distance to the overlook.
  • The very last 200 feet to the overlook is down a steepish section, if in a car you probably want to stop at the top and scout this last section or just walk to the overlook from there

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