Just one mile off Cottonwood Canyon Road, a side road leads to the magnificent Grosvenor Arch. It takes a little bit of effort to get here (the 10-mile dirt road from the turnoff to Kodachrome Basin State Park to the arch can be bumpy and should be avoided in wet weather), so a visit to the arch can take on the qualities of a pilgrimage.
There are actually two arches here, which is a pretty rare occurrence for such erosion-formed arches; their position, jutting like flying buttresses out of a soaring cliff, is also quite stunning. The larger of the two openings is 99 feet across.
A 1949 National Geographic Society expedition named the double arch in honor of the society’s president. The turn-off is 10 miles from the Kodachrome Basin State Park turn-off and 29 miles from U.S. 89.
© W.C. McRae and Judy Jewell from Moon Utah, 9th Edition