Steven’s Arch

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Stevens Arch is one of the largest arches in the entire world. Unofficially ranked at #4 in the world and #3 in the US, as well as #9 (world) and #6 (US) unofficially when including natural bridges. Having seen the two larger arches in the United States for myself (Landscape Arch in Arches and Kolob Arch in Zion), I have to say that Stevens has the best surrounding scenery. Nestled above the confluence of the mighty Escalante Canyon and Coyote Gulch, Stevens Arch is believed to be over 200 foot wide and tall, a monstrous hole in the Navajo sandstone rimrock.

Both commonly used routes towards Stevens Arch are epic journeys starting from Grand-Staircase Escalante National Monument, whether from the north, along the Escalante River or the various combinations of hikes via also-legendary Coyote Gulch from the west. The long, desolate Stevens Canyon veers eastward from its confluence with the Escalante just north of Stevens Arch, towards its eastern terminus on the southern border of Capitol Reef National Park. Stevens Canyon is a true desert wilderness where only the most hardy desert rats venture, as routes to and from here require going over the Waterpocket Fold, making for a particularly difficult route with long stretches without reliable water sources.