United States Cobra Arch

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Laurent Martres

About This Spot

Cobra Arch is a remarkable arch, in the shape of the lithe body of the snake of the same name, complete with checkerboard striations reminiscent of the serpent's scales. Its span is about 60 feet long. It is often visited by backpackers coming off Buckskin Gulch by the difficult Middle Trail. Photographers will want to take the more conservative approach of coming via Long Canyon Road, but even that is not an easy affair. After driving on this dirt road, it’s a cross-country hike over rough terrain with no trail, requiring a topo map, a track if you can find one online, and good navigation skills. It’s one location where a GPS will prove really useful. Still the result is worth it, as Cobra Arch is truly unique.

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