Discover Arches National Park

Have you ever imagined stepping onto another planet? Visiting Arches National Park might be the closest experience you’ll get without leaving Earth!

Located just 4 miles north of Moab in eastern Utah, Arches offers a striking array of natural sandstone formations, unlike any other place on the globe. Wondering just how remarkable this park is?

Picture over 2,000 natural stone arches, dramatic spires, and monolithic rocks, all artistically carved by the forces of nature. As part of what’s dubbed “The Mighty 5,” Arches stands among Utah’s elite national parks, alongside its neighbor, Canyonlands National Park, and not too far from the awe-inspiring La Sal Mountains.

Arches National Park isn’t just a feast for the eyes; it’s a playground for the adventurous and a sanctuary for the soul-seeker. Did you know that over a million visitors a year choose this park for its array of activities and sights?

Top 3 Facts About Arches National Park



Over 2,000 Arches

Arches National Park is renowned for its more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, the highest concentration of natural arches in the world. These arches are the result of millions of years of erosion and weathering, shaping the sandstone into delicate and awe-inspiring formations.


Used to be Underwater

65 million years ago, Arches National Park used to be underwater. When the water retreated, it left behind the arches and formations you see throughout the national park today.


Dark Sky Park

Arches National Park is designated as an International Dark Sky Park, making it an excellent destination for stargazing. Due to its remote location and minimal light pollution, the park offers exceptional opportunities to observe the night sky and celestial phenomena.

Camping and transportation in Arches National Park

info_iconBackcountry camping permits required for wilderness camping opportunities.

How to Get to Arches National Park

To get to Arches National Park, you’ll typically travel to the town of Moab, which serves as the gateway to the park. Here are some common ways to reach Arches National Park:

  • By Car: Most visitors arrive by car. If you’re coming from the east or west, you’ll likely take Interstate 70 and then exit onto Highway 191 southbound, which leads directly to Moab. From there, follow signs to Arches National Park, located about 5 miles north of Moab on Highway 191.
  • By Plane:The nearest major airport is Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT) in Colorado, located about 110 miles northeast of Moab. Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) is another option, located approximately 230 miles northwest of Moab. From either airport, you can rent a car and drive to Moab.
  • By Bus: While there isn’t direct bus service to Moab or Arches National Park, you may find tour companies that offer guided bus tours from nearby cities like Salt Lake City or Grand Junction. Additionally, some shuttle services operate between major airports and Moab.

Places to Stay Near Arches National Park

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Best Time to Go to Arches National Park



Despite the scorching daytime temperatures, summer in Arches offers extended daylight hours for exploration, allowing visitors to witness breathtaking sunrises and sunsets amidst the red rock formations. Although crowded, summer provides opportunities for night sky viewing and stargazing due to the park’s dark skies, making it a memorable experience for astronomy enthusiasts.





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Delicate Arch

Perhaps the most famous landmark in the park, Delicate Arch is a breathtaking natural arch that has become a symbol of Utah.

Balanced Rock

Towering above the desert landscape, Balanced Rock is a striking geological feature that appears to defy gravity.

Landscape Arch

This impressive natural arch is one of the longest in the world, spanning 290 feet.

Helpful Tips: Making the Most of Your Adventure to Arches National Park

Plan Ahead

Plan Ahead

Plan ahead and make campground or parking reservations, especially during peak seasons.

Pack Appropriately

Pack Appropriately

Layers are your best friend in the desert climate. Daytime heat into the chill of the evening? Check!

Respect Wildlife

Respect Wildlife

Respect wildlife and stay on marked trails to preserve the park’s natural beauty.

Stay Informed

Stay Informed

Check for any seasonal road closures or trail conditions before embarking on outdoor activities.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Arches National Park

Wondering when to pack your bags for Arches National Park? Each season offers a unique palette of experiences:

  • Spring (March-May): Varied temperatures and fewer crowds make spring a great time for comfortable hiking.
  • Summer (June-August): Expect hot days above 100°F, perfect for early risers since morning is the best time to beat the heat.
  • Fall (September-November): Similar to spring, fall offers cooler, pleasant weather and is less crowded than summer.
  • Winter (December-February): Cold, with occasional snow, but landscapes blanketed in white can be quite magical. Park services may be limited.

Absolutely, you can enjoy Arches National Park’s scenery from the comfort of your car:

  • Scenic Drive: A paved road that takes you through the heart of the park, with viewpoints along the way. But remember, the true beauty lies beyond the pavement, so if you can, step out for a quick stroll or a hike.

Arches National Park isn’t just another pretty place; it’s a geological wonderland:

  • Over 2,000 natural stone arches.
  • Unique rock formations and towering pinnacles.
  • The star of the show is Delicate Arch, a freestanding natural arch that has become Utah’s iconic symbol.

Short on time? Even a single day can give you a taste of the park’s grandeur. However, if you’re after the full experience:

  • 2 to 3 days: Ideal to visit the highlights and fit in a few hikes.
  • Remember, more time allows a deeper connection with the landscape.

Yes, it’s important to check the weather whenever you head out of town, especially if you may be out of range of cell or mobile service. Stay in the know about the weather:

  • National Weather Service: Provides reliable forecasts.
  • Arches National Park website: Updates on current conditions and seasonal weather patterns.

Grab your camera because here are some not-to-be-missed shots:

  • Delicate Arch: Capture the sunset glow through this iconic arch.
  • Balanced Rock: A balancing act you won’t want to miss, especially during the golden hour.
  • The Windows Section: A constellation of arches perfect for stellar sunrise and sunset photos.

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