Carved out by the forces of wind and water over millions of years, Arches National Park truly looks out of this world. Drive to Utah to see a landscape unlike any other. Here’s everything you need to know to start planning your Arches National Park trip.
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Best time of year to visit
The best time of year to visit Arches National Park will depend on your preferred balance between avoiding crowds and extreme weather. In the summer, you may find highs well above 100 degrees, and in the winter, Arches can get hit by snowstorms. You’re most likely to get the best weather in spring and fall—but the mild weather makes these the most popular times to visit the park. It’s up to you to decide what you’d rather battle—crowds or weather.
Where to fly into
The cheapest airport reasonably close to Arches is Salt Lake City. You’ll get to enjoy a beautiful three and a half hour drive from northern Utah. If you’d prefer a much closer—but just as picturesque—drive, you could fly into Moab’s Canyonlands Field, which offers round trip travel from Denver International Airport.
Arches National Park stargazing
Did you know that Arches National Park is a stargazing hot spot? For the easiest stargazing experience, keep an eye on the lunar calendar to try to avoid too much light from the moon, and give your eyes about 30 minutes to adjust to the night sky. There are four designated stargazing areas in Arches National Park where you’ll find minimal artificial lights:
- Balanced Rock Picnic Area
- The Windows Section
- Garden of Eden Viewpoint
- Panorama Point
Whether you’re looking at the night sky with an expensive telescope or just laying down on a blanket and staring deep into space, make time to get a glimpse of the cosmos while you’re visiting Arches National Park.
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