Horizon Arch

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 NW side of the arch is more photogenic than the SE 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.

Getting There

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:

Here is an overview map showing the route to Horizon Arch:

To view the map larger please click on the box in the upper right corner of the map.

USGS 24K Topo Maps

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:

Geo Tiff/Avenza KMZ Oruxmaps KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared
Canaan Creek KMZ Oruxmap KMZ Decollared Oruxmap Decollared Avenza Decollared


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