The Arch of Art

Round Trip Distance: 400 feet
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: 5849 - 5854 feet
Cellphone: 0 bars
Time: 15 mins.
Trailhead: Arch of Art
Fee: none
Attractions: rock art

The Arch of Art is a viewpoint along the Clear Creek Canyon Road in the Fremont Indian State Park west of Richfield, Utah. Visible from the viewpoint, or one of the short social trails, are a large number of both petroglyphs and pictographs.

The Arch of Art Viewpoint is a half mile east of the Visitor Center on the Clear Creek Canyon Road.

A kiosk at the viewpoint directs your attention to a few of the many panels of rock art. Several clan symbol images are pointed out as well.

There are a few primitive trails that will get you closer to a few of the panels but most everything can be seen from the roadway with a pair of binoculars.

Many of the panels of petroglyphs still show up very well.

For some of the panels the patina is dissolving away and slowly obscuring the images.

This is one of the large panels of images. This panel by itself would be exciting to come across most anywhere.

Panel where salts or something else is dissolving away and leaving pockmarks in the rock.

Some of the pictographs.

Both red and white painted pictographs.

Faded pictographs.

 Cute little anthropomorphic figure.

We have photos that we took from back in 2015 and comparing them to our 2023 photos we can see a surprising amount of fading and patina loss just in that short period of time. Something about the chemical properties of the rock seems to make the panels very fragile. If you would like to see it for yourself then all you have to do is 'Take a hike'.