Monticello in San Juan County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Wilson Arch was named after Joe Wilson, a local pioneer who had a cabin nearby in Dry Valley. This formation is known as Entrada Sandstone. Over time superficial cracks, joints, and folds of these layers were saturated with water. Ice formed in the fissures, melted under extreme desert heat, and winds cleaned out the loose particles. A series of free-standing fins remained. Wind and water attacked these fins until, in some, cementing material gave way and chunks of rock tumbled out. Many damaged fins collapsed like the one to the right of Wilson Arch. Others, with the right degree of hardness survived despite their missing middles like Wilson Arch.
Location. 38° 16.414′ N, 109° 22.352′ W. Marker is in Monticello, Utah, in San Juan County. Marker is on U.S. 191 south of Wilson Arch Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Monticello UT 84535, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic La Sal Post Office (approx. 7.2 miles away); Hole N” The Rock, Utah (approx. 9.2 miles away); The Spanish Trail (approx. 9.4 miles away).
Also see . . . Wilson Arch. Wikipedia (Submitted on January 1, 2011, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 24, 2010, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. This page has been viewed 456 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on December 24, 2010, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. 3. submitted on January 14, 2014, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on December 24, 2010, by Bob (peach) Weber of Prescott Valley, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.