Arches National Park Travel Guide

  • Postcard No. 1
    Postcard No. 1
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  • Turret Arch from the rear at sunset
    Turret Arch from the rear at sunset
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  • Delicate Arch at sunset
    Delicate Arch at sunset
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Arches National Park Things to Do

  • Arch viewing by car

    Probably my favorite arch. Follow the main road and turn right at the first intersection. Easy access, you have to walk 10 to 15 minutes >>>> Arches National Park map

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  • The Windows Area

    The Windows area is just past the Balanced Rock parking area. There are four major arches is the area, North and South Window Arches, Turret Arch and Double Arch. The trails are very easy to walk with no major hills or obsticles. All four arches are within one square mile and there is a parking area within a quarter mile of each arch.

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  • Delicate Arch

    Delicate Arch is one of the most popular hikes in the park. This is the arch that is on the Utah license plates. The hike is only 3 mile round trip but it is exposed to sunlight for the entire hike and is all up hill to the arch. I recommend this hike for the morning or evening to avoid the sun. It is very enjoyable walking on the slick rock, a...

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  • Double Arch

    The Windows area is just past the Balanced Rock parking area. There are four major arches is the area, North and South Window Arches, Turret Arch and Double Arch. The trails are very easy to walk with no major hills or obsticles. All four arches are within one square mile and there is a parking area within a quarter mile of each arch.This is a...

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  • Primitive Trail

    This is a great hike but I cannot recommend this for inexperienced hikers. The trail starts from the Devil's Garden trail head. Just before you reach Landscape arch, there is a sandy trail that leads to the right. The trail is marked with a wood sign at the beginning. follow the sandy trail for several miles until you reach a dry wash. the...

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  • Strenuous hikes: Double O Arch

    This nearly 4.2-mile RT trail takes you beyond the easy .8 mile stretch to Landscape Arch (see previous tip) to a more challenging 1.3 miles involving some climbing, scrambling, ledges and crossing the top of a narrow fin. I'm not sure I'd label it "strenuous" but I'm sure the park people have their reasons. This is a great way to quickly lose the...

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Arches National Park Restaurants

  • Food Service Options In and Around the...

    There are no options for food inside Arches National Park; but there are plenty of choices in the nearby town of Moab. I ate at a nice restaurant called the Slickrock Cafe in Moab. This place has a classy atmosphere and fancy food that is very well presented. The waitstaff was well dressed and professional. If you want a really nice place to dine...

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  • drink locally

    The Moab Brewery is a decent enough place to escape the midday sun, grab a bite to eat and of course wash it all down with a few house brewed beers. Is the beer world class? No. Is the food something to really write home about? No. Does the A/C kick butt? Yes. Oh, and it's wireless for those looking to check their e-mail. First things first. It is...

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  • save gas by eating at home

    We ate most of our meals at the Devil's Garden Campground in Arches National Park. It's located at the end of the park's Scenic Drive so 18 miles from the entrance and about 30 from the Moab Brewery. As you can see, it doesn't make much sense to go to town for dinner. This is especially true since the campground is about as scenic and atmospheric...

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Arches National Park Nightlife

  • I love beer but

    I love beer and it would have been very easy to spend my nights at the Moab Brewery in town but then my lovely wife would have had to drive me 30 miles to the Devil's Garden Campground on a dark winding road. Not good for the old marriage. Besides, we would have missed amazing sunsets in the park and probably slept through the equally great...

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  • Ranger Talks at Devil's Garden

    Not much "nightlife" goin' on as far as humans are concerned. It's party time for the animals, though!We humans looking for something to do after the sun goes down can check out a Ranger Programme at the Devil's Garden Campground Amphitheater. I always expect these to be totally dorky, yet I always end up having fun and learning a lot. Here we see...

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Arches National Park Transportation

  • Utah 128

    If you come or if you go towards Grand Junction, do not forget to go through Route UT128. It is part of one of the most beautiful roads in the United States. You follow the Colorado River over a distance of 30 miles.

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  • You need an own car ? there is no public...

    Unlike Bryce Canyon, Arches NP does not have publich transportation. Sou you definitely need an own car. But either you will visit Aches NP during a Southwest US trip, or you will arrive in Moab by bus or plane, so you can hire a car there.

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  • America the Beautiful

    Arches is in the far eastern park of Utah, closer to some of the Arizona and Colorado National Parks as its state siblings. To get an idea of distances, it's only 120 miles and 3 hours to Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado and just about the same to Monument Valley in Arizona. It's about 30 miles from sister park Canyonlands across Route 191....

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Arches National Park Local Customs

  • Hug a ranger

    Just kidding but gotta put in a plug here for the men and women of the NPS. We've come into contact with a lot of rangers in the national parks and they're the best resources you can find for what/where/how to have a good time. These folks are the caretakers of our most valuable natural treasures and the multitudes who come to enjoy them. When you...

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  • Shhhhh.....

    A lot of people go to beautiful places to escape the noise and distractions of a busy world and find a little peace and quiet. With a million visitors a year, this is a difficult thing to do at Arches! We climbed to a nice spot above Lower Delicate Viewpoint one night at sundown to enjoy the scenery before an approaching storm moved in. Minutes...

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  • beat the heat at Sand Dune Arch

    Sand Dune Arch is a great way to escape the heat of the middle of the day. This walk in the narrow area between a couple of fins provides great shade. The sand on which you walk is actually cool on your feet so if you've been wanting to take those boots off by all means this is the time to do it. We enjoyed a few afternoons in here, just laying on...

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Arches National Park Warnings and Dangers

  • Stay on trails!

    The park service does a great job creating trails to all the attractions in the park. Please respect that and use the trails provided. They are there for a reason. Staying on trails helps protect the fragile vegetation in the desert. Multiple trail can also cause an erosion problem.

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  • Climbing or walking on Arches

    The park service prohibits walking onto of arches. Please obey this rule. The arches are fragile. Also allow people to enjoy the natural beauty and take pictures without some knuckle head sitting or standing on top. From the Arches National Park website:"To promote visitor safety and the opportunity to view natural features undisturbed, climbing,...

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  • Cryptobiotic Soil

    Cryptobiotic soil is a black crust commonly seen along the trails in Arches National Park. This crust is a combination of Cyanobacteria, fungi, mosses, lichen and algae. It is very important to the desert as it acts as seedbed for other plants to take hold as can be seen in the first picture. If someone were to step on this soil, it could take 50...

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Arches National Park Tourist Traps

  • Arches - One of the best NP's in the USA

    I visit Arches in 2003 Do a lot of hikings. Just enjoy. Nearby is Canyonlands. The small city Moab is a nice place for staying a couple of days.

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  • Trapped between the fins

    There's really no tourist traps in Arches; no commercial establishments of any sort. The photo shows the entry to Sand Dune Arch. To access you must squeeze yourself through the rock fins. Don't get trapped.

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Arches National Park What to Pack

  • Ready for anything

    Backpack: both hands MUST be free for scrambling on longer or more strenuous hikes Shorts, pantsWater-resistant jacketT-shirts both long and short-sleeved: heavy,100% cotton is the enemy in wet weather so quick-drying blends are bestSocks: a synthetic mix is best to avoid blistersHiking shoes or boots with a good tread: the stickier the sole, the...

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  • Be prepared for all kind of weather !

    Daypack is definitely needed, as you might want to do some hiking tours. Whenever you will visit Arches NP, be prepared for all kind of weather. In summer, it's surely hot, but it might get cool in the evenings. If you are still on a hike by then, you might like to put on your sweater. If you go in winter, bring windproof gear with you, mainly if...

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  • come prepared to camp or miss a lot

    Arches is not a backpacking park so a day bag will suffice for their relatively short hikes. Sturdy hiking boots are needed for the sometimes tricky terrain and slick rock you will be walking on. Long light pants and shirts help protect from the often brutal sun and also keep you warm in the cooler early morning hours. Hikes are short so no need...

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Arches National Park Off The Beaten Path

  • Klondike Bluff

    Klondike Bluff is one of the only places in Arches National Park where there is a chance of not seeing another person. The area can be seen on the left as you drive down the main road approaching Devils Garden area. Access to Klondike Bluff is a dirt road just before you approach Skyline Arch. The trail head has been updated and now has a pit...

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  • Off the path at Delicate Arch

    Delicate Arch is exciting - but make sure, you'll look around as well. Just behind the wall, that separates the amphiteatre and Delicate Arch from the trail, there is a steep canyon with fantastic rock formations (i.e. northeast of Delicate Arch).For getting an idea on this canyon - check the Terraserver view: Canyon off Delicate Arch: the one at...

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  • Desert Varnish

    During my travels in Southwest US, I often came across these funny vertical stripes on the walls. Looked as if someone had poured down varnish from the walltop.Later on, I learned that this indeed is called "desert varnish".I checked the web, and found the following infos:(for more details please check NPS.gov website, the Canyonlands' one):Desert...

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Arches National Park Sports & Outdoors

  • Delicate Arch Viewpoints and Trail

    This is a nice hike! There are two viewpoints for viewing Delicate Arch. The trail to the Upper Viewpoint is .5 miles (.8 kilometers) in length with an elevation change of 200 feet. The lower trail is level and only 100 yards long. This trail is handicapped accessible. You can also opt to take the Delicate Arch Trail from the trailhead by Wolfe...

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  • Skyline Arch Trail

    The skyline Arch Trail is a .4 mile round trip hike over a rocky surface and is rated moderate. Another nice view. Good walking shoes, plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, and weather appropriate clothing.

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  • Devil's Garden Trail

    The whole Devil's Garden Trail is about 8 miles if you take some of the side trails too and is rated difficult. I only went as far as Landscape Arch. Good walking shoes, plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, and weather appropriate clothing.

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Arches National Park Favorites

  • Sunrise in the park

    I always take the time to watch the sunrise in Arches. Fortunately, Devils Garden campground is perfectly situated do observe the sun come up from a far away horizon. This most recent trip had one particularly beautiful and interesting sunrise. A beam of light was shooting up wider than normal. The photo is just a point and shoot. It is exactly how...

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  • Sunset in the park

    Arches has some great places to watch the sunset. I always take the time to watch sunset when possible. I have found several good places to watch the sunset.If you are in Devils Garden campground, sunset is difficult to watch because you are surrounded by sandstone spires and fins. To get around this and not have to drive from the area, walk over...

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  • Arches National Park

    Arches National Park is located in East Central Utah near the town of Moab and just South of Interstate 70. This park is jammed full of interesting rock formations, beautiful vistas, and opportunities to learn something new. Stop at the visitors center to gather information to help you get the most out of your visit, whether you are staying a few...

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  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2014 at 3:40 AM

    Annual National Park Week is April 19-27 this year with lots of special events happening at the parks. Even better, Saturday 4/19 and Sunday 4/30 are FREE admission days so it's a great opportunity to pack up the car with family and/or friends and go check out one of our national treasures!
    http://www.nps.gov/npweek/

  • goodfish's Profile Photo
    Oct 11, 2013 at 3:18 AM

    10/11/2013: National Parks to re-open!
    The state of Utah will provide the funds to reopen Arches, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef and Zion national parks, Cedar Breaks and Natural Bridges national monuments and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area on Saturday 10/12 for at least 10 days. Additional days may be added if a federal budget resolution hasn't been reached by the end of that time.

    Not yet clear if this applies to the lodges at Zion and Bryce but I'll update this notice as information becomes available.

 
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Delecate Arch: Don't Expect to Be Alone
Warnings and Dangers
Careful On The Slickrock
Warnings and Dangers
Strenuous hikes: Delicate Arch
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Easy hikes: The Windows and Turret Arch
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Delicate Arch
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Double Arch
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Park avenue viewpoint
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Delicate arch viewpoint
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North and South windows arch and Turret Arch
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The scenic drive
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Good stuff to know: grading the hikes
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Obey the Warning Signs
Warnings and Dangers
Double Arch Trail
Sports & Outdoors
Windows Loop Trail
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Balanced Rock Trail
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Park Avenue Trail
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Cache Valley Road
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Skyline Arch
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Devil's Garden
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Wolfe Cabin
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Delicate Arch
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Panorama Point
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Fiery Furnace
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Garden of Eden
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Double Arch
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Turret Arch
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South Window
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North Window
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Balanced Rock
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Petrified Dunes
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Moab Member of the Curtis Formation
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The Windows From Courthouse Towers Viewpoint
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Balanced Rock From Courthouse Towers Viewpoint
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Courthouse Towers Viewpoint
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Park Avenue
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Scenic Auto Route
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Hiking Trails
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Moab Fault
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Museum Displays
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Visitors Center
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Map of Arches National Park

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