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Arches National Park

Arches National Park   |  Angie Payne
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It’s no surprise that Arches National Park is one of the top national parks in America: it’s a 73,234-acre wonderland of eroded sandstone fins, towers, ribs, gargoyles, hoodoos, balanced rocks, and, of course, arches northwest of Moab. The park protects an amazing landscape that includes the largest proliferation of arches in the world. Over 2,000 arches have been cataloged in Arches National Park. At sunrise, rays of light break over dramatic horizons. A new day in Arches begins. Let’s get hiking.

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Travel Tips

  • Arches National Park is open 24 hours a day, year-round. The visitor center is typically open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the summer and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the winter.

  • The park is very busy from March through October, especially on holidays, weekends and mid-morning. To avoid traffic, park service recommends entering the park before 8 a.m. or after 3 p.m. Arches is far less crowded at sunrise and sunset, and it's maybe the most striking time to visit. For the best experience, review Arches National Park's traffic information while planning.

  • Follow @archesnps on Twitter and Facebook and visit nps.gov/arch for park alerts about current conditions and to view the entrance station webcam.

  • Well-prepared hikers can escape the crowd on the 8-mile Devils Garden trail. With stamina, agility and a permit or guide, visit the stunning labyrinth called the Fiery Furnace.

  • The short Dead Horse Point Mesa Scenic Byway (S.R. 313) connects Moab and Arches to the road’s namesake state park and the Island in the Sky district of Canyonlands.

  • Read these resources to learn how to travel thoughtfully and experience Arches National Park most fully.

  • View a downloadable map of Arches National Park


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Where to stay

Hotels and Lodging

Nearby Moab has plenty of hotels to keep you within comfortable reach of Arches National Park.

Hotels and lodges near Arches

Camping

Devils Garden Campground is the only designated campground within Arches National Park. Sites are often reserved months ahead of time, and the campground is generally filled during peak season. Other camping options include RV parks and resorts in town (cabins, tent sites, and RV pads available), and numerous dispersed campsites nearby.

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Weather

You’ll typically encounter 65°–85°F temperatures through the spring and fall, often deep into November, though nights can be as much as 30° cooler. These cooler seasons are highly recommended in order to avoid crowds. Southeastern Utah gets hot in the summer, and daytime temperatures can exceed 100°F. You can beat the heat by planning ahead and carrying sunscreen and extra water. During the summer, consider exploring in the morning and evening. In winter, enjoy iconic landmarks in solitude. You may need poles and shoe spikes to navigate icy or snowy trails.

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