Fallen Peace Officer Trail

Entrance to Fallen Peace Officer Trail

Fallen Peace Officer Trail begins 13 miles from the Colorado River bridge north of Moab just off of Hwy 191.  The lovely memorial plaque shown above marks the beginning of the trail.  This is a new trail to us and we are attempting it without an experienced guide.  I could not find a .gpx file for this trail to download to my mapping software, so I will use only the trail guide book from funtreks.com that I purchased last year.  The written directions in this book should allow me to “talk” Storm through the turns needed to proceed along this trail.

Fallen Peace Officer Trail

Tower Arch
Hard to see Tower Arch

After setting our tripometer at zero to begin following the written trail guide, we soon realize that the directions for the trail that I am reading do NOT match the trail marking signs of which there are many – thank goodness!  After a little over 4 miles we come to a notice thanking us for following the modified trail.  The sign assures us that both we and the local wildlife are much happier with the new trail.  Strange because the only animals we have seen so far are a few hungry cows.  Ohhhh, I get it… the wildlife must be on the old trail!   At mile 4 my book and the signs re-sync which is very reassuring.

Although scenic, there are some very tight spots on this trail. A little care is required to avoid scraping rocks with the side of the jeep.  We take a break at the Tower Arch overlook.   Tower Arch is within the boundaries of Arches National Park and is not close to this overlook. Warning Sign

Before hitting the trail, be sure to look at a picture of Tower Arch online so you can pick it out of the distant rock formations in the background.  After some searching with binoculars, we finally locate this landmark.  The next part of the trail borders Arches NP.  Along this section, there are numerous warnings not to accidentally venture into the park.

Willow Springs Road

To complete the day, we follow Willow Springs Road trail into the backside of Arches.  From the vantage of this road, we are treated to spectacular views of the park.  We also travel the bonus 4 mile roundtrip route to Whale of the Eye arch.  We try with no success to understand why this arch received that name. 

Willow Springs Road deposits us inside Arches NP at the parking lot for Balancing Rock.  Unlike the main entrance, there is no traffic jam waiting to enter the park here.  We turn right and enjoy the never disappointing views heading out of the park toward Moab.

Pics from Fallen Peace Officer Trail

Colorful Road
Colorful Road
Cactus Blooms
Cactus Blooms

Willow Creek Pics (and into Arches NP)

Willow Creek Road Entrance to Arches National Park
Willow Springs Road Entrance to Arches National Park
Eye of the Whale Arch
Eye of the Whale Arch
Leaving Arches
Leaving Arches

About Sunny Weathers

Pilot, motorcyclist and full time RVer. Follow Stormy (my personal full time RV mechanic and repairman) and me as we travel all over the US in our Country Coach RV. I'll share the fun and the tribulations and any great survival tricks we learn!

2 Replies to “Fallen Peace Officer Trail”

  1. WOW what a trip, really enjoyed that thanks. Gotta go kids are taping another kid to the light pole behind the house, they are having a blast and I am taking some pictures. What a hoot. GOD BLESSJDJim Just got home from Southern Pines, celebrating 100 years of Fort Bragg, PA12 was on display and I bet I put 50 kids in the seat today, wonderful time.

    1. Sunny Weathers says: Reply

      What an awesome day for you and for those kids! Acquainting the young ones with aviation’s joys are what it is all about. Would love to see the pictures of the light pole taping 🙂

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