The Complete Guide to Arches National Park

As one of the most stunning national parks in all of America, Arches National Park is a must-see on anyone’s bucket list. Incredibly scenic driving, gravity-defying rock formations, and, of course, sandstone arches galore provide just a few reasons to visit this classic desert locale. Here’s your guide to Arches.

Where is Arches National Park?

Easily accessible from Moab, Utah, you’ll find Arches National Park along US-191. Located just 5 miles north of Moab, it takes mere minutes to reach the park. As an icon of the American Southwest, this national park is a must-see attraction.

The main entrance to the park features a fee station where you’ll have to pay a $30 entry fee. From there you can head along the main road to discover the park.

Pro Tip: If you plan on visiting Arches National Park for multiple days, or you want to explore other national parks throughout the year, consider picking up an America the Beautiful Annual Park Pass.

When to Visit Arches National Park?

Arches National Park is open year-round, although it occasionally closes due to bad weather. Thanks to warm temperatures and good weather, the best times to visit the park are during the spring and fall months. However, this is also the most crowded time in Arches National Park. Spring and Fall are excellent times to enjoy Arches National Park hiking, camping, and other activities.

Summers are also quite crowded and include sweltering temperatures that are well above 100-degrees. Winters offer up a unique time to visit Arches National Park. Although the desert endures cold, below-freezing temps and blowing winds, the park is typically less crowded. Lucky visitors may even get a special treat of seeing this pristine, red rock landscape dusted in a fresh layer of snow.

How Many Days Do I Need?

Although it’s possible to visit Arches National Park for just a day, you’ll likely want two to three full days to really see the sights. Get up early and catch a sunrise in the park (Delicate Arch is a real treat) and then explore other nearby areas.

With a couple of full days in the park, you’ll be able to see all of the highlights, from The Windows Section to the Fiery Furnace.

Must-See Attractions at Arches National Park

Known for its gravity-defying red rock formations, there’s plenty of natural wonders to uncover at Arches National Park. From the iconic Delicate Arch to the teetering Balanced Rock, there are so many choices. Here’s a look at a few of my favorite points of interest in Arches National Park:

Awesome Activities in Arches National Park

Arches National Park is home to a variety of activities. Beginner hikers will love the easy and well-maintained hiking trails, while photographers will appreciate the easy access to some of the best attractions. Here are a few of the best activities in Arches National Park:

  • Hiking through this unbelievable landscape
  • Wildflower viewing (spring)
  • Scenic driving
  • Stargazing
  • Photography
  • Interpretive ranger programs

Pro Tip: If you’re into astrophotography, you simply must make a stop at the Windows Section. Show up for sunset, and stay late into the night for excellent photography opportunities.

Where to Stay in Arches?

There are several different lodging options in Moab that make for the perfect home base to explore Arches National Park. In order to stay right in the heart of the action, you’ll want to reserve your spot at one of the many Arches National Park Camping areas.

Advanced reservations for both camping and lodging are strongly recommended. Camping in Arches fills up fast, so reserve as soon as you have your travel dates.

Overall, Arches National Park is well worth a visit. In fact, no trip to Moab is complete without exploring this unforgettable landscape. So bring your hiking boots and your camera to enjoy this amazing wonderland.

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