The Arches NP in Utah is rightly one of the most visited National Parks in the USA. The unique rock arches (Arches) and rock formations embedded in a pitoresque landscape have a very special charm. There are a number of trails that can be explored on short walks or more challenging day hikes.

General information about hiking in Arches National Park

Arches National Park is located in eastern Utah just a few miles from Moab. The park was established in 1929 (initially as a National Monument). It is known for its large number of natural stone arches (arches) stone columns, towers and fins. The park covers an area of 310 km² and has about 3 million visitors per year, most of them being “day visitors”.

Visitor Center in Arches national Park

The Visitor Center is located directly at the park entrance just behind the pay station. Here you can get, besides the park map which is quite sufficient for the well signposted trails, further hiking and detail maps. The rangers will be happy to give you up-to-date information on the condition of the trails as well as on the tour times for the Fiery Furnance tour.

Best season for hiking

April through early June and September through October. In the summer months, it can get unbearably hot with temperatures exceeding 40°C in the shade – and shade is rare! In winter it can get very cold due to the altitude.

Water is not available at the trails. You should always carry enough water – even on short hikes.

Multi-day hikes are allowed with a so-called “permit” (available at the visitor center). However, there are no long trails or long-distance trails marked or signposted. “Backcountry campgrounds are not available.

Overnight accommodations in Arches National Park

There is no lodge in the park. But there is a wonderfully located campground. This can certainly be called one of the nicest places in the USA. Unfortunately, the other side of the coin is that you hardly have the chance to get a campsite at short notice without booking in advance. On weekends, the site is often booked up months in advance. There is indeed every morning at the Visitor Center an allocation of remaining places for the coming night, but sometimes interested people are already lining up in the morning at 06.00 o’clock to get them!

In Moab, which begins only about two miles from the park entrance, there are many accommodations and private campgrounds, so that there are usually no problems even at short notice to find a place for the night. Caution is indicated only on weekends when larger events take place in Moab.


(All information without guarantee – as of 05/2007)

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