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Aztec's Cox Canyon Arch

Hiking Trail or Trailhead

ADA Accessibility Notes

This arch requires moderate scrambling and will not be accessible for those with significant mobility issues.

The Cox Canyon Arch (a.k.a. Anasazi Arch) is the best of many small- to medium-sized arches in the Aztec and Farmington area. The trail is short, maybe a half mile, but does require significant, short scrambling. With a helping hand most able-bodied hikers and pets can access the arch.

There is a small, formerly inhabited cave to the southeast of the arch. I navigated a route along the rimrock to access the cave. There is a bit of scrambling and bushwhacking on this route. Just beyond the cave you can climb down to the sagebrush-covered valley floor.

The short access road from the main Cox Canyon Road can be muddy. After a rain, park on the main road and walk to the trailhead.

Eco-Friendly Notes

There is a natural gas well very close to the trailhead. There is a good campsite in the next side canyon to the west, as well as off trail hiking.

As an editorial aside, sound walls around natural gas wells would help to contain excessive noise and monitor hazardous fumes (such as hydrogen sulfide).

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets require assistance to scramble to the arch. Please leash and pick up after your pet.

Trail Distance

Approx. 1/2 Mile

Vertical Gain or Loss

Approx. 100 Feet