Gold Bar Arch west of Moab,
Photo by Jay Wilbur
Example Pothole Natural Arch
NABSQNO 12S-619544-4271239. Gold Bar Arch is an adult pothole natural arch eroded through Navajo sandstone. In this case, a pothole deepened until it breached the back wall of a cave. Since the span of the arch is comparable to the width of the pothole behind it, this arch should be considered an adult.
Gold Bar Arch is visible from highway 279, about 14 miles west of Moab, Utah. It is possible to hike cross-country to the arch from the Corona Arch trailhead using the Gold Bar Canyon topographic quadrangle, which shows the arch as "Pinto Arch". Highway 279 is an extremely scenic road that winds along the northern bank of the Colorado River and provides access to several arches and other interesting sites.
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