Horizon Arch is an occasionally visited arch in the Grand Staircase Escalante NM. The arch is also known as Kissing Dragons and is very photogenic. Horizon arch sits right on a ridge line and is difficult to get to. The arch runs from the SSW to NNE and is side lit at both sunrise and sunset. The northwest side of the arch is more photogenic than the southeast side so sunset works better than sunrise. Most people (myself included) will not want to stay till sunset since navigating to or from the arch is difficult even in good light. The arch may be inaccessible in the winter due to snow.
Horizon Arch cannot be seen until you are very close to it, so a GPS is needed to find it. There is no marked trail to Horizon Arch. Navigating to the arch will be difficult for most and I suggest you only attempt the hike if you have good route finding skills and a GPS.
Here are directions from Escalante:
To view the map in Google Maps please click anywhere on the map to the left (or above). To view the map in Google Earth download the KML or KMZ file below. To add the map data to your GPS or phone download one of the three files below.
The USGS Canaan Creek map covers the hike to the arch. The map can be downloaded in a variety of formats by clicking or right-clicking below:
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Northwest Side of Horizon Arch
Southeast Side of Horizon Arch