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Arches National Park

Arches National Park
  • Weather: Sunny, 61F
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.

Things To Do

Where to Stay

Hotels and Lodging

Nearby Moab has plenty of hotels to keep you within comfortable reach of Arches National Park. Check out Red Cliffs Lodge for rustic comfort on the banks of the Colorado River, or the Sorrel River Ranch and Spa for a luxurious ranch experience.

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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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Discover the Arches Region

With over 2,000 arches scattered over 70,000 acres, you could spend an entire vacation exploring Arches National Park; but you’d be missing out on so much more. The region surrounding Arches National Park is bursting at the seams with adventure and soul. Find serenity in the Manti-La Sal National Forest, ride any of the world-famous mountain biking trails nearby, or explore one of a kind local art exhibits in downtown Moab. No matter what brought you to Arches, be sure to see the local-favorite destinations below to make more of your vacation.

Discover the Arches Region

Travel Tips

  • Arches National Park is open 24 hours a day, year-round, though the visitor center is typically open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

  • The park is very busy between March and October. To avoid traffic, park service recommends entering the park before 8 am or after 3 pm. For the best experience, review Arches National Park's traffic information while planning.

  • Arches is far less crowded at sunrise and sunset, and maybe the most striking time to visit. March–October is busy, especially on holidays, weekends and mid-morning.

  • 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.

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

  • 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

Read more travel tips for your trip to Arches, such as expected fees and permits.

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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