Arches National Park is located just outside of Moab, UT and is known for the over 2,000 natural stone arches within its boundaries, along with pinnacles, fins and balanced rocks. You can get lost in its sandstone beauty and unique landscapes.
What is an arch? An official stone “arch” has a hole that has an opening of at least 3 feet (1 m) long in any direction. A natural “bridge” is formed by running water and spans either a present or former waterway. A “window” is a descriptive term that is often given to rock openings high on a rock wall or fin and usually are given the term if they give a great view of the landscape beyond, “framing” the picture. For more information check out the National Park Service.
- Delicate Arch (3.0 mi/4.8 km) – There is an elevation gain of 480 ft/146 meters with no shade. Don’t forget your water! Great to view at sunset. One of the most photographed arches in the park.
- Broken Arch (1.3 mi/2.1 km) – Easy trail across open grassland.
- Balanced Rock (0.3 mi/0.5 km) – This is a great short hike that is paved and wheelchair accessible.
- Landscape Arch – (1.6 mi/2.6km) This is the longest arch in the entire world and is one of the most visited places in Arches National Park.
- Fiery Furnace – This area is a mazelike labyrinth of narrow canyons made out of sandstone. To enter the area, you must obtain a permit. Only 50 hikers a day are allowed to explore to help sustain the area.
- Windows Section – This section of the park is a series of scenic arches that are all close to one another with lots of different rock formations. They are all easy trails. Well-known sights in this area are Double Arch, Turret Arch and the North and South Windows.
Some helpful hints for planning your trip:
- Fees for vehicles ($10), Fiery Furnace Self-Guided Permit is $4 for adults, $2 for children (5-12). If you would like to take the Guided Walk through the Fiery Furnace it is $10 per adult or $5 for children.
- The Visitor Center provides a self-guiding booklet and audio tour for the drive.
- Remember there is no food or lodging within the park, so make sure to pack appropriately for the trip. Always have water with you at all times!
- Avoid visiting the park on really busy weekends/holidays.
- Sunset is usually busier than sunrise, so try and get to the park early.
- Parking lots can get very full for the popular hikes. Try carpooling or leaving your car at the visitor center. Please note there is no shuttle service offered by the park. There are local taxi companies that provide pick up and drop off service in Arches (Check them out here).
- Don’t forget to check out the park at night! The night sky is absolutely pristine and covered in beautiful stars in Arches.
Places to Stay:
There aren’t any hotels within the park, so nearby Moab is your best bet.
- Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Moab– closer to the park, but further from the restaurants and town.
- Best Western Plus Canyonlands Inn
- Best Western Plus Greenwell Inn – comfortable and centrally located. They have a great breakfast for the morning.
- Red Cliffs Lodge
- Sorrel River Lodge
Arches National Park is open year-round, 24 hours a day. The visitor center is open every day except for December 25th.
For more up to the date info and photos, check out the Arches National Park Facebook page!
Southwest Adventure Tours offers several small group trips to Arches National Park and the surrounding areas and can also customize trips:
- Arches & Canyonlands 5 Day Adventure Tour
- Arches, Canyonlands, Monument Valley Experience
- Grand Circle Tour
- Utah Mighty 5 Tour
Contact us at 1-800-970-5864 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more details!
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