Arches National Park – near Moab, Utah
The Tunnel, Courthouse Wash
It is about 3.10 miles round trip.
There is an entrance fee into Arches National Park.
Bring 2 liters of water
Spring, summer, fall, winter
Open year round.
Shade is minimal as there are not too many trees or shrubs to block the sun.
The trail is rough yet visible for the most part. It is narrow and winding and you may lose the trail for a little part. Just follow the GPS coordinates and you will get there just fine.
Yes, at visitor center.
Yes, near park entrance
Allowed, in designated camping areas
Flashlight, hat, sunglasses,
The Tunnel is a naturally carved tunnel in Arches National Park near Moab, Utah. It is a less traveled hiking route that offers something unique inside the park.
Just park in the small turn off just passed the Courthouse wash. You will cross a bridge (if headed north) and the turn off is on your left side.
The Tunnel is accessed by parking off the road in the small turn off just as you pass The Courthouse (heading towards the north). There is a narrow trail that you can see right from where you park your vehicle. Hike on this trail which follows Courthouse Wash for the majority of the hike until you come to the third canyon on the right side where the Tunnel is located.
Just before the first bend that leads you back north, there is a rock with some “cowboy graffiti” from 1917. I have no evidence that this was sketched in 1917 or that it was even created by cowboys but I am calling it “cowboy graffiti” because I don’t know what else to call it. It is on a large boulder which is facing south.
The trail winds around just outside of the first two canyons. There isn’t much to see in either of those but if you want to check them out you can. The third canyon is the one you need to go in to access The Tunnel.
You will quickly discover that the path will disappear at times. We bushwhacked and even followed a game trail for a little while so you may need to be creative.
Once we arrived at the third canyon which was about 1 mile into the hike we then went inside the canyon to the very back.
After a little less than a 1/2 mile of hiking we arrived nearly at the back of it. The Tunnel then will come into view and you will see this nice boulder sitting right below it (pictured in the picture above). It is a little steep as you get up to the entrance but it isn’t that bad at all really.
I think The Tunnel actually looks more like a nostril!
The tunnel probably goes in about 60 feet or so. You have to crouch a little bit the entire way but it goes through the entire rock.
The other side of the tunnel is a little bit steep but manageable, just be careful.
Head back towards your vehicle.
This is a fun little adventure if you want to do something different that isn’t part of the popular Devil’s Garden or Delicate Arch trails. It is a great and easy hike.