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Arches National Park

Arches National Park Arches National Park is known for its' remarkable natural red sandstone arches. With over 2,000 catalogued arches that range in size from a three-foot opening, to Landscape Arch which measures 306 feet from base to base, the park offers the largest concentration of natural arches in the world. Towering spires, fins and balanced rocks complement the arches, creating a remarkable assortment of landforms in a relatively small area. Arches lies near the heart of a desert called the Colorado Plateau in the state of Utah. Arches has plenty to keep you busy during your visit with various hiking opportunities to a gorgeous scenic drive through the park. To many, the most outstanding natural features of Arches are the park's geologic formations. The park lies atop an underground salt bed called the "Paradox Formation" which is responsible for the arches, spires, balanced rocks, fins and eroded monoliths common throughout the park. Two unusual natural features common in Arches intrigue both scientists and visitors: cryptobiotic soil and potholes. Arches Geology
Park Avenue

Park Avenue

One mile (one-way) trail that takes you into a beautiful canyon surrounded by spectacular towering sandstone formations that resemble a city skyline. You will have a great view of the Three Gossips, North Park Avenue, Tower of Babel and more! Park Avenue

Skyline Arch

Skyline Arch

One of Arches most popular formations, Skyline Arch has entertained adults and children alike! If you can manage the difficult scramble up and under the arch, you are set for some excellent views. For those who do not wish to climb up and under the arch, never fear, this arch can be seen from the roadside and along the short trail leading up to the arch. Skyline Arch is a popular place to visit during sunrise and sunset for some spectacular photography opportunities! Skyline Arch

Scenic Ride

This 18 mile road from the entrance to the north point of Arches has an abundance of sights to keep you entertained all day. There are three picnic areas along the way for your convenience. See sights such as: Park Avenue, Three Gossips, The Windows Section, Delicate Arch Viewpoint, Fiery Furnace and more! Scenic Ride

Hours of Operation

The Park is open year-round, 24 hours a day. The visitor center is open daily, with extended hours spring through fall. April through October: 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. November through March: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Visitor Center is closed on December 25th.

Arches Activities

Plan on spending at least a few hours in the park, exploring the scenic drive and several of the viewpoints and short trails. If time permits, longer hikes lead to many spectacular rock formations, including Delicate Arch, and the Devils Garden Campground provides an excellent base camp for multi-day trips. Activities

Mountain Biking Nearby

  • Slick rock Mountain Bike Trail

  • Moab Brands Bar M Mountain Bike Trails

  • Porcupine Rim Mountain Bike Trail

  • Kokopelli Mountain Bike Trail

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Hotels near Arches National Park

Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch has made Arches more famous over the last several years by being featured in commercial backdrops to landing on the Utah license plate. However, Delicate Arch is also probably one of the most spectacular experiences in Arches. The hike to this arch is fairly strenuous and there is very little protection from shade. So dress accordingly with the proper gear and you will experience the hike of a lifetime! Delicate Arch

Hiking

Arches contains a wealth of hiking trails. Ranging in length and difficulty, these trails provide access to outstanding viewpoints and many of the park's famous features, including Balanced Rock and Delicate Arch. Learn about hiking Balanced Rock, Broken Arch, Delicate Arch, Skyline Arch, Park Avenue, Landscape Arch. Hiking

Fees

$10 for 7 days. Includes all passengers in vehicle.

Quick Highlights

Red Sandstone Arches, Arches, Cryptobiotic Soil, Skyline Arch, Park Avenue, The Three Gossips, Delicate Arch, Balanced Rock, Fiery Furnace

Activities

Hiking, Biking, Scenic Drives, Backpacking, Interpretation Tours, Climbing, Camping

Camping

The Devils Garden Campground, $20 per night, is located eighteen miles from the park entrance and is open year-round. Facilities include potable water, picnic tables, grills, as well as both pit-style and flush toilets.