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Natural Arch Access Road
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Natural Arch Access Road
Natural Arch Access Road
Coal Valley North Road at Natural Arch Access Road (view NE)

Overview

Natural Arch Access Road is a lightly maintained dirt road that normally is suitable for 2WD-HC vehicles. The road starts from Coal Valley North Road and zig-zags east and west as it runs north to connect with a lightly used powerline road. Passing the Natural Arch, the road continues northeast along the powerlines.

This little used road primarily provides access to the Natural Arch.

Link to Area Map or Road Map.

Natural Arch Access Road
Natural Arch Access Road (view NE)

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about driving in the desert, ...this road is pretty safe, but be sure that your vehicle is in good working condition, carry plenty of water (radiator and drinking), and pack a lunch. This road could easily require 4WD after heavy rains.

While out, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. This road goes into a remote area, so be sure to bring the 10 Essentials. Cell phones work along parts of this road.

Getting to the Road

Natural Arch Access Road is located in the northeast part of Basin and Range National Monument, about 4-1/2 hours (164 miles) northeast of Las Vegas driving directly via Seaman Wash Road, or about 3 hours (58 miles) north of the intersection of Highway 93 and Highway 318.

Natural Arch Access Road
Natural Arch Access Road is good in most places (view NE) ...

From Las Vegas, drive north on Interstate-15 21 miles to Highway 93. Turn left onto Great Basin Highway (Hwy 93) and drive north past the towns of Alamo (95 miles from Las Vegas) and Ash Springs (102 miles) to the intersection of Highway 93 and Highway 318 (107 miles). Gasoline is available in Alamo, Ash Springs, and Lund, but not Rachael.

Turn left onto Highway 318 and drive west then north for 17.4 miles to Seaman Wash Road on the left. On Seaman Wash Road, drive northwest 26.5 miles to a fork in the road (stay "straight" at all forks and side roads to this point). At the fork, stay right and cross to the other side of Water Gap where the road forks again (broad, triangular intersection). Stay right onto Timber Pass Road and drive east 0.9 miles to Coal Valley North Road, on the left.

Drive north on Coal Valley North Road 9.5 miles to Natural Arch Access Road, on the left. Watch for a single wooden fence post on the left shortly before the turn.

Natural Arch Access Road
... but not so good in others (view NE)

The Road

From Coal Valley North Road (Table 1, Site 1613), Natural Arch Access Road turns left to run northeast and up the bottom of Coal Valley. Water runs in the road here, and parts are badly rutted. Most of the road is overgrown with vegetation, and this section could easily become 4WD only.

At about 1.5 miles out, the road forks (Site 1616). Here, Natural Arch Access Road turns left to run northwest. The road climbs the gentle hillside, winding among tall sagebrush. In this area, a tall, isolated, rocky crag becomes visible ahead in the distance. Natural Arch sits on the northeast corner of this crag. Powerlines also become visible.

Natural Arch Access Road
Road forks; Natural Arch Access Road turns left (view NE)

The road eventually curves to the northeast as a faint side road merges from the left (2.4 miles out). Continuing northeast, Natural Arch Access Road makes a hard bend left (2.6 miles out) to run north and passes a barely noticeable dirt road on the right. Just ahead, at 2.7 miles out, the road passes under the powerlines at yet another dirt road to the left. This side road, the powerline road, seems like maybe a better road for the return; it is not.

Natural Arch Access Road continues north towards the rocky promontory. Approaching the base of the crag (3.2 miles out), the road reaches a T-intersection (Site 1617). Natural Arch Access Road turns left and runs west 100 yards to a nice camping area, then continues for no apparent reason to end on a hillside about 0.2 miles out. This is the best place to park when visiting the Natural Arch, especially if there is more than one vehicle in the party. The arch is north of this point, not farther out the road to the west.

Natural Arch Access Road
Road runs up gentle slopes (view NW)

Staying straight (north) at the T-intersection to just beyond the northeast corner of the crags, the road crosses a gully and forks (3.3 miles out). Here, the right fork continues north along the powerlines, while the left runs up along the north side of the crags.

Staying left along the crags, the road forks again in another 200 yards. This fork is a good place for a single vehicle to turn around and park. Park in the road, as it is unlikely that anyone else will be using the road. Both forks deteriorate quickly farther ahead, so there is little reason to continue farther up the road because this point already is past the Natural Arch and there are no campsites or turn-abouts farther up.

Natural Arch Access RoadRoad runs up gentle slopes (view NW) Natural Arch Access Road
Arch Rock comes into view
Natural Arch Access Road
Faint side road merges from the left (view N)
Natural Arch Access Road
Approaching powerlines (view NE)
Natural Arch Access Road
Road joins powerline road (view NE)
Natural Arch Access Road
Heading towards Arch Rock (view N)
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Natural Arch Access Road
Finally, Natural Arch is visible from the road (view N)
Natural Arch Access Road
Natural Arch Access Road turns left to campsite (view N)
Natural Arch Access Road
Natural Arch Access Road heads towards campsite (view W)
Natural Arch Access Road
Natural Arch campsite (view E)

Continuing to North Side of Arch Rock

Natural Arch Access Road
Road forks in gully; stay left to north side of arch (view N)
Natural Arch Access Road
Approaching north side of arch; park ahead at next fork (view N)

Returning to Coal Valley North Road

Natural Arch Access Road
Natural Arch Access Road stays left at fork (view S)
Natural Arch Access Road
Natural Arch Access Road turns right at T-intersection (view S)

Table 1. Highway Coordinates and Distances based on GPS Data (NAD27). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (gpx) file.

Wpt. Location Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Point-to-Point Distance (mi) Cumulative Distance (mi) Verified
1613 Coal Valley N Rd @ Natural Arch Rd 38.15707 115.26885 5,130 0.00 0.00 GPS
1616 Natural Arch Rd at left turn 38.17446 115.25355 5,215 1.48 1.48 GPS
1617 Natural Bridge Rd at Natural Bridge 38.19620 115.25805 5,406 1.73 3.21 GPS
1618 Natural Bridge Trailhead Parking 38.19634 115.25920 5,409 0.01 3.22 GPS

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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