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24 mi 38 km of trail 7 Recommended Routes

Gems 6 Gems Easy Trails 12 Trails Intermediate Trails 9 Trails Hard Trails 0 Trails

Arches National Park contains a contrasting landscape highlighted by over 2,000 natural stone arches - the greatest density of natural arches anywhere in the world. At the park, you'll discover a red rock wonderland of soaring pinnacles, massive fins, and giant balanced rocks and will be amazed by the other-worldly geologic landforms, diverse colors, and physical textures, unlike anything you've ever seen. A trip to Arches will impress you with its geologic wonders, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.

To learn more about Arches National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Center:
The visitor center is open daily except on December 25.
  • Normal visitor center hours: 7:30 am to 6 pm
  • Fall visitor center hours: 8 am to 4:30 pm
  • Winter visitor center hours: 9 am to 4 pm

Visiting Tips

Arches National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Fees & Passes:
To find more about park fees, click here.

Camping & Lodging

All 50 sites in Arches campground are usually reserved in advance during the busy season (March through October). For a complete list of campgrounds outside Arches, visit www.discovermoab.com.

  • Devils Garden: To reserve a campsite, click here or call 877-444-6777. From November 1 to February 28, sites 1-24 are available first-come, first-served basis.
  • Canyon Wren Group Site: 11 person minimum
  • Juniper Group Site: 11 person minimum

Food & Drink

Arches has no restaurant or lodge. The visitor center bookstore sells light snack items and reusable water bottles; bottles may be filled at the visitor center, Devils Garden Trailhead (seasonally) and Arches Campground.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Guided Tours:
The Fiery Furnace Tour is a three-hour, demanding hike on complex and narrow trails through towering sandstone walls. Reservations can be made here.

REI Adventures:
REI offers over 30 national park trips led by expert guides capable of taking you off the beaten path to discover hidden gems that many visitors never see.

Check out REI Adventures' national park offerings here.

Other Activities

The opportunities to explore Arches aren't limited to hiking. Other great activities to check out while visiting the park include rock climbing, backpacking, auto touring, road biking, canyoneering, horseback riding, and photography. Learn more and plan your trip at www.nps.gov.

Also, be sure to check out the other fun activities to do in and around Moab just outside the park, especially mountain biking and rock climbing. Moab has some of the most interesting and unique terrain of any mountain biking destination. The riding in Moab tends to lean towards challenging to extremely challenging with big descents, rocky trails with big technical moves, and many long epic rides to choose from. A classic example is the famous Slickrock Trail which is a multiple hour mountain bike ride ENTIRELY on smooth rock that makes you feel as if you're riding on the moon!

Similarly, you won't want to miss the rocking climbing in Moab as the area is amazingly rich with bountiful opportunities for the rock climber who can appreciate the stark beauty of soft sandstone in a desert environment. There is more than a lifetime of climbing here with climbs the range from 1 pitch sport climbs up to 600' desert spires to multi-day adventures.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a free park map or visitor guide, click here.

Gems in Arches National Park - 6

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gem Favorite Moon with Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch

(103) Moab, UT
gem Favorite Double Arch at the terminus of the Double Arch Trail

Double Arch

(51) Moab, UT
gem Favorite Landscape Arch looking impossibly thin

Landscape Arch

(45) Moab, UT
gem Favorite Ashley takes in the dramatic view that surrounds the Fiery Furnace.

Fiery Furnace

(26) Moab, UT
gem Favorite Ute Indian petroglyphs near Wolfe Ranch

Wolfe Ranch Petroglyphs

(20) Moab, UT
gem Favorite Courthouse Wash Rock Art Panel

Courthouse Wash Rock Art

(8) Moab, UT

Recommended Routes in Arches National Park - 7

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Favorite Evening light at Arches NP!
Intermediate/Difficult

Devils Garden Full Lollipop

5.0 mi 8.1 km 548' Up 166.97 m Up 554' Down 168.8 m Down

Moab, UT
Favorite Moon with Delicate Arch
Intermediate

Delicate Arch Trail

3.1 mi 5.0 km 567' Up 172.71 m Up 567' Down 172.85 m Down

Moab, UT
Favorite Double Arch at the terminus of the Double Arch Trail
Easy

Double Arch Trail

0.5 mi 0.8 km 31' Up 9.41 m Up 31' Down 9.4 m Down

Moab, UT
Favorite First Light on Turret Arch Framed by North Window
Easy/Intermediate

Windows Loop

1.0 mi 1.6 km 162' Up 49.46 m Up 156' Down 47.66 m Down

Moab, UT
Favorite Balance Rock
Easy

Balanced Rock Trail

0.3 mi 0.5 km 27' Up 8.35 m Up 27' Down 8.19 m Down

Moab, UT
Favorite Broken Arch and snow covered La Sal Mountains.
Intermediate

Broken Arch Loop Trail

1.4 mi 2.2 km 177' Up 53.97 m Up 177' Down 54.08 m Down

Moab, UT
Favorite Arches National Park.
Intermediate

Park Avenue Trail

0.9 mi 1.5 km 5' Up 1.59 m Up 311' Down 94.68 m Down

Moab, UT

Trails in Arches National Park - 14

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2.1 mi 3.4 km #1Devils Garden Main Trail
Intermediate
Moab, UT
Intermediate
Moab, UT 31 
2.2 mi 3.5 km #2Devils Garden Primitive Loop
Intermediate/Difficult
Moab, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
Moab, UT 19 
0.0 mi 0.1 km #3Landscape Arch Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Moab, UT
Easy/Intermediate
Moab, UT 28 
1.6 mi 2.5 km #4Tower Arch Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Moab, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
Moab, UT 15 
0.2 mi 0.4 km #5Turret Arch Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Moab, UT
Easy/Intermediate
Moab, UT 20 
9.0 mi 14.5 km #6Moab Canyon Paved Path
Easy
Moab, UT
Easy
Moab, UT
0.2 mi 0.4 km #7Skyline Arch Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Moab, UT
Easy/Intermediate
Moab, UT 13 
0.1 mi 0.2 km #8Sand Dune Arch Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Moab, UT
Easy/Intermediate
Moab, UT 19 
0.5 mi 0.8 km #9Upper Delicate Arch Viewpoint Trail
Intermediate
Moab, UT
Intermediate
Moab, UT 16 
0.4 mi 0.7 km #10Broken Arch Access
Easy/Intermediate
Moab, UT
Easy/Intermediate
Moab, UT
0.4 mi 0.7 km #11Dark Angel Trail
Intermediate
Moab, UT
Intermediate
Moab, UT 10 
0.2 mi 0.3 km #12Eye of the Whale Arch
Intermediate
Moab, UT
Intermediate
Moab, UT
5.3 mi 8.5 km #13Lower Courthouse Wash
Intermediate/Difficult
Moab, UT
Intermediate/Difficult
Moab, UT
1.6 mi 2.5 km #14Rockin' A
Intermediate
Moab, UT
Intermediate
Moab, UT

Photos of Arches National Park - 219

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First Light on Turret Arch Framed by North Window
Mar 9, 2015 near Moab, UT
Standing in the Eye
Mar 8, 2015 near Moab, UT
Enjoying the supermoon in the Windows area
Mar 9, 2015 near Moab, UT
Moon with Delicate Arch
Nov 2, 2017 near Moab, UT
Evening light at Arches NP!
Mar 11, 2015 near Moab, UT
Flashes of Fall Light up Courthouse Wash
Mar 9, 2015 near Moab, UT
Ashley takes in the dramatic view that surrounds the Fiery Furnace.
May 10, 2017 near Moab, UT
Arches National Park.
Oct 31, 2016 near Moab, UT