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Jacob Hamblin Arch (Lobo Arch)

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Jacob Hamblin Arch (Lobo Arch) - Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah

Photos by Jack Brauer
Jack Brauer Photography

     Even though the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is a relatively new addition to America's Parklands, backcountry explorers have been enjoying its sights for years. Because of its natural beauty and stately sandstone canyons, Coyote Gulch is among the most popular weekend hikes in the monument. Most often enjoyed in the cooler months, hikers will find several waterfalls, a natural bridge, two sandstone arches and many Fremont Indian petroglyphs.
     Located about halfway between the Coyote Gulch Trailhead and Escalante River, Hurricane Wash/Coyote Gulch hikers are rewarded with the sight of Jacob Hamblin Arch. Originally called Lobo Arch, the renamed natural wonder honors one of the most notable Mormon missionaries and diplomats of the late 19th century. Coyote Gulch Alcove Traveling throughout the Utah territory, land of the Paiute, Navajo and Hopi Indians, Jacob Hamblin dealt with many hostile Indians. Often admired for never carrying a weapon to defend himself, Hamlin has been noted as one of the bravest men that ever lived.
     Here, the impressive Hamblin Arch spans 100 feet. Nearly impossible to describe the enormity of this natural cathedral, some claim this arch view is one of the most beautiful in the state. It's possible to reach the arch and return in the same day over the Jacob Hamblin Arch Trail, but many backcountry trekkers stay multiple days, not wanting to miss anything in the entire Coyote Gulch area.

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