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If one finds an exceptional arch and wishes to pursue a possible official naming of the arch and placement on a Topo Map contact,


U.S. Board on Geographic Names

U.S. Geological Survey

523 National Center

Reston, VA 20192-0523

(703) 648-4552


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Found an arch?

If you are interested in contributing to the arch data base after locating an arch please note:


Make sure that your gps device is set to NAD 27 CONUS, settings need to be in DEGREES, MINUTES, SECONDS. Record the data.


Take four photos, if possible, from different angles to show the arch. Show the crack between the wall and arch, from the bottom or top of arch.


Record as accurately as possible the width and height, with the width first. Minimum 3’0 opening. PLEASE NOTE, we are only recording arches that are greater than six (6) square feet. Six square feet or under will not make the list.


Take a compass bearing from which the arch opening is seen to best advantage.


Upon returning from your trip, check the arch data base to verify and confirm your find.


Assign a name to your new discovery. Submit your information to jandkcool@yahoo.com to have the arch posted to the Arch Data Base.


The information contained on this page is from the resource guide “Arches Of The Escalante Canyons And Kaiparowits Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument.

This is a very brief and abbreviated overview on what constitutes an arch.

“An arch is simply a natural rock opening lighted from both sides with a secondary light opening at least three feet (3’0) in at least one dimension. No part of an arch has moved relative to any other part. An arch is not a cave, which has an area of total darkness, nor is it a hole through a boulder pile, where the opening is bridged by rocks that have moved.”

“Opinions differ on how to measure arches. the dimensions used at this web site are the greatest width and height of the opening below or behind the span of rock.”

To see current arch Statistics and data please click here.

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PHOTO AT LEFT WITH DOWNWARD LOOKING VIEW SHOWING MINIMUM 3’0 OPENING DIMENSION

HEIGHT MEASUREMENT TAKEN FROM THE FRONT OF THE FACE BOTTOM SIDE TO WHERE THE VERTICAL LINE INTERSECTS THE FIRST HORIZONTAL PLANE

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