Tantalus Flats Arch

If one continues south on the Scenic Drive, the road becomes more primitive, crosses Pleasant Creek and parallels South Draw for four miles before turning west to leave the Park boundary. Tantalus Flats is in the area just west of the Park boundary. Somewhere along the way, the road becomes known as the Lower Bowns Reservoir Rd. and continues west to join the Boulder Mtn. Highway, Rt. 12. When you reach the center ridge in the Tantalus Flats area, the Flats Rd. turns north. Hike the side road south along the ridge under Skyline Arch for about a mile. The ridge drops down somewhat at the south end to an east-west drainage. Scramble up to the drainage, work your way around the wall of the ridge, and head north up the side drainage on its west side to get this view across the drainage in the afternoon. The arch has an estimated span of 35 ft.

Photo and directions by
Ted Dahlmann

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