Arches National Park
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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.
Things To Do:
- Camping - Start your day with the best access to the park’s hiking trails and viewpoints, then wind down as the sun sets behind arches and rock formations. Arches National Park has a single campground within the park, and plenty more camping options nearby.
- Hiking - Hike the world-famous Delicate Arch trail, see three separate arches on the Windows Primitive Loop, or simply soak in one of the many awe-inspiring viewpoints. No matter how you hike, Arches National Park has trails you just can’t miss.
- Tours - It took millions of years for the park’s arches, hoodoos, towers, and fins to take form. Explore the most popular destinations in the park and learn about how they were formed with a guided tour.
- Stargazing - After the sun sets and the sandstone has cooled you can see countless stars set against a pitch black night sky. See the night sky like you may never have before after dark in Arches National Park.
- Photography - As home to some of the most famous natural formations in the world, the park will have you reaching for your camera at every stop. Explore can’t-miss photo op’s, when conditions are best, and much more.
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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. 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.
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.
Dead Horse Point State Park | 40 minutes from Arches visitor center
Green River | 45 minutes from Arches visitor center
Manti-La Sal National Forest | 1 hour from Moab area
Moab Mountain Biking | Most trails 10–20 minutes from Arches or Moab
Potash-Lower Colorado River Scenic Byway | Junction a half-mile south of Arches entrance
Upper Colorado River Scenic Byway | Junction 5 minutes south of Arches entrance
Looking for an itinerary to guide you through the Arches region? We've created one giving start to finish destinations to guide and help you make the most of your journey.
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.
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.
More travel tips for your trip to Arches, such as expected fees and permits
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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Arches National Park
PO Box 907
Moab, Utah 84532