Wrather Arch, Coconino County, Arizona
Photo by Craig Shelley
NABSQNO 12S-430620-4091240. Wrather Arch is a cave natural arch eroded through Navajo sandstone. It is named for William Wrather, a former director of the USGS. It is located in a remote side canyon of the Paria Canyon system, in Coconino County, Arizona. The BLM manages this popular backpacking area as primative wilderness so a permit is required to visit the arch. A backpack of at least 4 days should be planned.
Wrather Arch has never been properly measured. It has an estimated span of 160 feet, plus or minus 20 feet. Because of this uncertainty, it is not clear if it can be considered a major arch or not. Vreeland listed Wrather Arch as number 12-5 in his catalog. His reported span of 246 feet is an error.