Druid Arch, Photo by Jacob Frank

Elephant Canyon / Druid Arch

Druid Arch


10.8 miles (17.4km) round trip from Elephant Hill to Druid Arch


3 designated sites


During spring and fall, water is often available intermittently in the Elephant Canyon wash. In drier months, a spring in the canyon's upper reaches, near where the trail leaves the wash and begins climbing to Druid Arch, may be the only source.


This trail offers both slilckrock and canyon-bottom hiking. Much of the trail follows Elephant Canyon, which may contain deep sand, making this a strenuous hike in mid-summer. The last .25 mile is a steep climb involving one ladder and a considerable amount of scrambling that may be difficult with a pack or for small children. During and after periods of heavy rain, this trail may be very wet and extremely slippery in the steeper sections.

Alternate routes to Druid Arch are from Squaw Flat Campground (7.4 miles one way), Big Spring Canyon, or if time permits, as a side trip from Chesler Park.




Located on a bench overlooking the was, roughly 100 yards downstream of where the Chesler Park trail crosses Elephant Canyon (follow signs)

Camping on slickrock and packed soil, no shelter

Good view up and down canyon

Site is visible from Chesler Park trail as it descends into Elephant Canyon


On bench overlooking wash, above the junction of the Druid Arch trail and the trail to Big Spring/Squaw Canyons.

Private, good view, no shelter

Camping on slickrock and packed soils


On bench overlooking wash, roughly .25 mile upstream from UE1

Camping on packed soils

Good view, overhanging rocks provide some shelter from rain