Broken Arrow Trail is an easy and popular hike on a good trail with great red rock scenery. The trail is unshaded and can be hot in summer. The trail runs parallel to the famous Broken Arrow jeep road, which turns some hikers off. But there is a reason this is such a popular jeep tour, and it's not just the thrill ride, it's the scenery too.
Begin at the signed trailhead which will direct you across the jeep road to the trail. After 200 feet, the trail bears left (south) and soon crosses a ledge at the foot of Battlement Mesa. At 0.6 miles, look for the fence around Devil's Dining Room Sinkhole, 100 feet to the left and downhill.
Explore, then return to the trail and continue as it gradually climbs to some scenic red rock outcrops beside Twin Buttes on the right. Continue to the end of the trail at Chicken Point at 1½ miles. More great views. Return by the same route. At 0.5 mile from Chicken Point, you could take the short side path to the right signed for Submarine Rock. Walk this interesting formation, and then return by the same path to the main trail.
Continue north to Chicken Point (shown below) for great views of Bell Rock, Courthouse Rock and Gibraltar. Above Chicken Point (on the right) is a famous mountain bike route known as "The White Line". This dangerous route has been covered by many Youtube videos. It takes riders out on a steep cliff, where they have to make a treacherous turn and come back. If you want to see extreme mountain biking that will take your breath away, this is one of the best, and hikers can walk up there. The complete roundtrip hike, including Submarine Rock, is about 3.5 miles.
FINDING THE TRAILHEAD
Broken Arrow Trailhead: From the junction of Routes 89A and 179 (the double roundabout), take 179 south for 1.4 miles to Morgan Road on the left (east). Go 0.6 miles to end of pavement, cross the cattle guard and continue for another 80 yards to trailhead parking on the left.
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3 miles roundtrip
480 ft roundtrip
EST HIKING TIME
2 hours roundtrip
BEST TIME TO GO
Sept - May. Hike early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the summer heat.
Yes. Must be leashed. Please pick up after your pet and pack it out.