Hope Arch in Apache County, Arizona
Photos by Jay Wilbur
NABSQNO 12S-617873-4007174. Hope Arch is a fin natural arch eroded through Wingate sandstone. It is located on Ventana Mesa, west of Chinle, in Apache County, Arizona. Because it is on the Navajo Reservation, the services of a guide must be obtained to visit this arch.
The name Hope Arch derives from Edna Earl Hope, wife of Herbert E. Gregory. Gregory, one of the first geologists to explore and document this area, found and documented the arch in 1909. He named it for his wife because of its beauty. She was with him at the time.
Hope Arch was listed as number 11-13 in the Vreeland catalog. Vreeland reported a span of 65 feet, a height of 70 feet, a thickness of 6 feet, and a width of 6 feet.