Welcome to Arches

435-719-2299 • nps.gov/arch 

Check website for entrance fees, visitor center hours, closures, and updates. 

The largest concentration of natural sandstone arches in the world is in Arches National Park, along with a mind-blowing variety of balanced rocks, sandstone fins, and soaring pinnacles and spires. Entrance on US Hwy 191, five miles north of Moab. Open year-round. 

The visitor center is located past the park entrance. There is an orientation program in the auditorium. You can obtain permits, buy maps, or peruse the gift shop. Restrooms and drinking water are located outside the visitor center. There are no restaurants or hotels in the park.  

Essential Details

Pets are not allowed on any of the trails, EVER. Pets may accompany visitors in campgrounds, parking lots, and at pullouts along the paved scenic drives, but must always be leashed and restrained. 

Bicycles are permitted on roads only. You may not ride your bike on trails or anywhere off a road. For your safety, it’s advised to ride in this park only in the off-season (November-February). 

RV drivers must keep in mind that the single two-lane road into and out of Arches is very narrow. Be considerate of other drivers. Off-highway vehicles (ATVs, UTVs, etc.) are not allowed in Arches. Cell service in Arches is spotty and varies among carriers.

To promote visitor safety and the opportunity to view undisturbed natural features, climbing, scrambling, standing, walking, or rappelling off any named or unnamed arch with an opening greater than three feet is prohibited in the park. Balanced Rock is also closed to climbing.

Camping 

Arches has a 50-site campground among slickrock outcroppings at Devils Garden Campground, 18 miles from the park entrance. Standard individual sites are $25 per night. Check website for group costs. 

You can reserve standard campsites up to six months in advance for stays March 1-Oct. 31. Reserve at recreation.gov or call 877-444-6777

The park staff does not make reservations nor have information about site availability.

All sites are usually reserved months in advance. Between Nov. 1 and Feb. 28, sites are first-come, first-served. Facilities include drinking water, picnic tables, grills, and both pit-style and flush toilets. 

There are also many campgrounds in the area outside of the park.

Hiking 

One of the park’s trails is the best way to get to know Arches. There is a full spectrum of hiking trails ranging from short walks (.2 mile) on nature trails to more adventurous hikes of up to seven miles. Books describing self-guided hikes are available at the visitor center.

Auto Touring 

An 18-mile drive starts from the visitor center and provides a good overview of this amazing park. Several sharp switchbacks begin your tour as the road winds through sculptured red rocks.

Park Avenue is the first turnoff and a major viewpoint in Arches. Next is a great view of the Three Gossips and Courthouse Towers. After Courthouse Towers, the road crosses a vast landscape with eroded pinnacles. Then a turnoff leads to The Windows, the first major concentration of arches and spires.

The famous Delicate Arch is visible from a side road that leads to historic Wolfe Ranch.

Fiery Furnace is next with good viewpoints from your vehicle. Beyond Fiery Furnace, the road continues past several large arches and ends at Devils Garden. There are numerous pullouts with interpretive signs.

Avoid the Crowds

This popular park is crowded in peak season (March-October). Parking is limited at all destinations. Popular trailheads may fill for hours at a time, especially on weekends and holidays.

Park in designated areas only. Never park on vegetation or in a manner that blocks traffic. Parking for oversized vehicles is extremely limited.

During peak hours (8am-3pm), expect travel times to be longer along the scenic drive. It is not uncommon for hundreds of people to visit Delicate Arch at sunset, so you might want to plan a sunrise trip instead.

International Dark-Sky Park

Arches was recently recognized as an International Dark-Sky Park, joining an already impressive list of parks in the region committed to preserving their naturally dark skies. Rural Southeast Utah is far from major cities that light up the night, so these parks are great places to experience timeless star-studded views. Arches uses energy-efficient, down-cast lighting on all park buildings, partners with the local community to raise awareness of natural darkness, and offers regular astronomy programs for visitors to experience the wonder of the stars.

Just for Kids 

Become a Junior Ranger and help protect the park! Little ones can complete a question/answer pamphlet or check out a Red Rock Explorer Pack at the visitor center. Either will earn them a badge or certificate that allows them to join the special ranks of Junior Rangers. For ages 6-12.

Commercial Tours

Taking a commercial tour is an alternative to driving that helps minimize congestion in the park. See our National Park Tours page for more ideas.

GyPSy Guide, a driving tour app for Arches National Park, might just be your perfect companion as you explore. Download the app in town. It will then play commentary automatically as you drive so you won’t miss a thing. It works via GPS so no cell service is needed. It’s fun, educational, and enjoyable!