Blue Pools Arch



N 37° 02.130' W 111° 37.854'


This is a nice arch to visit from both the top and bottom. It is just north of the entrance to Glen Canyon Nat'l Recreation Area (Lake Powell). Heading towards Kanab, UT you go to mile mark 3 1/2 and make a left turn (west). If you don't have a 4X4 then you should park near the gate. When you look at the small ridge just past the gate you will see several large alcoves (amphitheaters really). The one with the arch is the second one from the far end. It is about 8/10 of a mile to the arch from the gate. When you get to that amphitheater look up to the top of the western wall to see the arch.. Keep an eye out for arrowhead chippings and maybe some fossils.

To get to the top takes a good 4X4 that works well in soft sand!

From the highway, go through the gate (please close it behind you) and follow the drive around the ridge. At the west end of the ridge is a fence and gate, continue through the gate and go for 1/2 mile, Watch closely for 2 tracks going to the right (east) and follow them to the end and a parking area.

Climb up the ridge (pretty easy climb) and look around. The scenery is fantastic up here. You need to aim for the left edge of Navajo Mtn. (off in the distance). Look for a rock cairn that is actually 5 feet high! When you first spot it, it will appear to be only about 2 feet high.

When you see the cairn, head for it. It is right in the middle of the arch! Be sure to have your camera along with good batteries and extra film.

If heights bother you, you can still enjoy this arch from above. Almost all the walking to this spot is on flat ground. The only real drop is right under the arch.

The first 4 pictures show why you need to keep an eye on the weather.

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Start of the flow.

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The flow getting larger.

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Nice waterfall.

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Another view of the waterfall.

 

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Looking up at the arch.

 

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Close-up of the arch.

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The cairn.

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Me on the arch.

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Closer shot.

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Looking from the side of the arch.

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Closer shot of Tower Butte.

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