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Arches National Park

N Highway 191, Moab, Utah 84532 USA

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“Discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms, & textures”

Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This red rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets.

The forces of nature have acted in concert to create the landscape of Arches, which contains the greatest density of natural arches in the world. Throughout the park, rock layers reveal millions of years of deposition, erosion and other geologic events. These layers continue to shape life in Arches today, as their erosion influences elemental features like soil chemistry and where water flows when it rains.

Arches is located in a "high desert," with elevations ranging from 4,085 to 5,653 feet above sea level. The climate is one of very hot summers, cold winters and very little rainfall. Even on a daily basis, temperatures may fluctuate as much as 50 degrees.

Native Americans never inhabited Arches on a year-round basis, though they certainly roamed the area searching for wild game, useful plants and rocks for tool-making. Petroglyphs near Wolfe Ranch are thought to have been created by Indians from the Ute/Paiute cultures.

While visiting, don't be surprised if you hear the crack of a whip and yelling about museums.. Arches National Park was also a filming location for 1989's Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade! 

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Reviewed by
Einatyuval

  • 14 Reviews
  • 24 Helpful
September 29, 2014

A great place to see. you can spend between 3 hours to a full day. If you are hoking then you need at least half a day. don't miss the balanced rock, tunnel arch, and many more.
We highly recommend to spend between half an hour to a hour more, and get to the arches park thru road 128 (from road 70, take exit 204 to Cisco), instead of the high way. It takes more time but the scenery is breath taking. A ranger in colorado national monument recommended us and it was a great tip.

11 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Joel Schat

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  • 238 Reviews
  • 362 Helpful
July 13, 2014

Arches National Park will blow your mind if you have never seen anything like it before. The landscape is like an elevated island of old rock formations that have slowly been worn down by weather over years and years of erosion!

Once you enter the park there will be a few somewhat cool spots but keep driving cause the coolest stuff is further down near the end of the park! There is also a really sweet hike you can do through the canyon or out to the overly famous delicate arch!

Pro Tip: Head into the park early in the morning, have a big lunch in Moab during the day and head back for the evening. The park can get pretty busy during the day but seems to empty out just before sunset!

11 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
MikeMolloy

  • 1 Review
  • 6 Helpful
November 9, 2013

Here's our blog post about our visit to Moab, Arches NP, and Canyonlands NP. Wonderful place!

http://justournature.blogspot.com/2011/10/moab.html

6 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
monique.keith

  • 5 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
July 10, 2014

Loved this place! You can view the natural beauty of the rock formations from the car all the way to skilled hikes with a guild. The park rangers give free talks. Plan to stay in Moab, UT for a few days. Moab, UT is a fun town with many extreme sports to choose from. Arches is less crowded then Brice Canyon and Zion with has similar rock formations.

5 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
hnimani1

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  • 5 Helpful
October 5, 2015

Absolutely Amazing! The things people have written are true, and the word epic is appropriate here, not for sandwiches and youtube videos. My wife and I wanted to do a couple hikes a day, with driving in between as neither of us are professional canyoneers! If youre like us, I recommend the scenic drive, stopping at every viewpoint, hiking the shorter trails to things like the balancing rock (0.3 miles but worth every second), the windows/turret arch (0.3 miles but probably the best short hike) and the skyline arch (0.4 miles but also simply stunning). There used to be an enormous boulder in this arch but it collapsed in 1976 and you can see the rockfall if you hike this flat and easy trail. Sand Dune Arch is supposed to be the easiest at 0.3 miles, and is great for kids but we skipped that one. We did all this in about 6 to 7 hours, but I know there's a lot of harder more rewarding trails and arches.

4 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
VisitMoabUtah

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  • 3 Helpful
April 28, 2015

2015 update: Arches has been discovered. From March through October, the parking lots at Devils Garden, Delicate Arch/Wolfe Ranch or The Windows may be full anytime between 9am and 4pm. During these peak hours, expect travel times to be longer than expected along the scenic drive. If you find a parking spot and go for a hike, expect to see a lot of other visitors on the trail. It is not uncommon for hundreds of people to visit Delicate Arch at sunset. http://discovermoab.com/archesnationalpark.htm

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
CurlyGirlMom

  • 9 Reviews
  • 6 Helpful
September 24, 2014

Amazing all around! We had just over an hour before needing to be on our way. So we drove out to the windows and then did the short hike up to them. I wish we could have spent all day!

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
lizv43

  • 4 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
March 7, 2014

For someone from Florida, Arches blew me away. Early March was a great time to go. The weather was perfect. There are a ton of arches of varying difficulties to see. Definitely plans to spend hours on hours there. Don't rush anything and also don't forget to put the camera down and just enjoy it for it's natural beauty.

4 people found this review helpful
  • 9 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
October 20, 2015

Gorgeous. It's like walking around in Mars.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Gabriel Michael

  • 10 Reviews
  • 8 Helpful
August 2, 2015

This place is amazing! so much to see! I thought that I could just get in and get out. and I guess if you never got out of your car (which is an option I guess...) you could get through it in... oh I don't know, an hour and a half maybe two? I was there for about 8 hours. I love getting on the trails and up close to things. and there are lots of places to do that. after nearly a full day of literally running all over the place I felt like I'd seen 25% of it...

you can spend a lot of time in this place. if you're looking for a great camping option this should be on the list for sure, although the summer is pretty hot, not sure what the nights are like.
and if you only have a few hours it's still worth the stop because of the easy access to much of the park by car. you'll need to skip some of the trails if you don't have lots of time though. but you still get a good taste of what the park is about even if you only have a few hours.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
MK Sams

  • 9 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
July 22, 2015

This park was incredible. Can definitely spend a day driving and hiking, no problem. Bring lots of water, and be prepared for the heat.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
tyler.carl

  • 4 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
July 1, 2015

Cant give five stars because of the amount of people. But cant give it anything less because well, its Arches National Park! Go to Delicate Arch. Really cool place. Just be prepared for traffic on the roads and on the trail to Delicate Arch

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
SteveandJaimeroadtrip

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September 5, 2014

You will want to add this to the bucket list if it's not already there. You can easily drive through this park but I highly recommend taking a hike! If you freeze your water bottle the night before you will be thankful for a cool drink. Wear good hiking shoes and enjoy the magnificent views!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Joshua Smibert

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  • 119 Reviews
  • 160 Helpful
August 31, 2014

Almost every movie with a desert scene uses Arches in its shoot because if it's sheer epic nature. The hikes up to each Arch varies, but the park is massive and will probably require a few days to hit all the major arches. That said it is well worth it! Check out delicate arch and double arch - both are epic. Windows Arch is also great and is the set for the first scene in Indiana Jones and the last crusade.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Stephen Rees

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  • 274 Reviews
  • 219 Helpful
July 14, 2014

A National Park unlike any other. The arches are fascinating and other-worldly. It's hard to believe that thousands of years of natural history resulted in their incredible appearance while hiking through this Arizona park.

Bring lots of water though, and a map if you're getting out of your car and hiking through the park. Don't forget that Arches is in a desert, which can get pretty gnarly at the peak of summer.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Luisa

  • 332 Reviews
  • 163 Helpful
July 11, 2014

Haven't been here since I was a kid but I remember the whole thing being totally stunning. I'd recommend spring or fall as the park is way less crowded and the weather is much nicer. Really cool as you can walk through and climb over a lot of the formations as well, makes you feel like a tiny little speck in the universe!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Stephanie

  • 5 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
July 5, 2014

This was an unexpected stop on our trip, and it was so great. Wear sturdy shoes because you are going to want to get out of the car and walk on the trails. It's too beautiful not to. One of our best stops on our 12 day road trip.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
jessica.cormier.16

  • 9 Reviews
  • 43 Helpful
July 5, 2014

Another of the greatest National Parks. Such beauty. Trailheads for hikers of all abilities. Some of the most beautiful views I have ever seen. Sunsets and sunrises are brilliant against the reds/oranges of the canyon arches.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Tiffany Whitehead

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  • 27 Reviews
  • 52 Helpful
June 7, 2014

We were lucky enough to spend a couple of hours here, but I wish we'd been able to devote an entire day! So much to see!!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
oniedu

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
January 18, 2014

Loved our visit there this summer!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
stefanie.g.holmes

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
July 29, 2013

Beautiful place!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Daytonanurse

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
March 25, 2013

An awesome place to visit!

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Katelyn

  • Road Warrior
  • 35 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
September 19, 2016

Really one of the most beautiful places ever.
The park map is really your best guide- if you only have a few hours, I'd pick your top five must-sees and head out through the park.
It gets HOT- make sure you're brining plenty of water!
Dogs are allowed at most stops, just not on trails. Some of the more popular stops can get crowded- if you want pictures without a ton of tourists in them, you may want to get there as early as you can.

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Reviewed by
Jeff Limer

  • 24 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
September 17, 2016

Got to the park at 6:05 and was able to drive thru without an admission fee and got some unreal sunset pictures! Though I didn't get to see the visitors center, the drive thru and pictures were a treat. A National Park to put on your bucket list for sure!

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Reviewed by
krn

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
September 4, 2016

Road 128 to arches parks is awesome. Thanks @Einatyuv for the info.

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Reviewed by
RussellCowan

  • 4 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
September 3, 2016

Love the National Parks this did not disappointed. Beautiful landscape.

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Reviewed by
BaileyIreneTriplett

  • 28 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
August 30, 2016

Go at sunset. Stunning.

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Reviewed by
Kabay

  • 28 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
August 10, 2016

Had a great time! Spent 3 hours here. Just watch your speed in Moab because I got a speeding ticket. Luckily the officer was nice and knocked it down a little.

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Reviewed by
Mully

  • 9 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 9, 2016

Spectacular views and relatively easy to walk to and from sites. Teenage boys couldn't get enough of it. Catching sun come up on Delicate Arch was memorable; so was the hike up in the dark which is the best time to go to site. Couldn't imagine making the trip in the day in July. Getting there early is essential

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Reviewed by
LaurieClayton

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 5, 2016

Love Arches :)

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Reviewed by
armietx

  • 24 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 21, 2016

One of the best National Parks I've been to regarding roads, pullovers, etc. you can pretty much see everything from the car, or at least no hiking for those who are unable to walk, climb, hike, etc. It's absolutely beautiful, and if you are limited on time you can easily take in this whole park as well as Canyonlands in one day.

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Reviewed by
Rose Williams

  • 11 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
June 13, 2016

Beautiful place, and more to see than I thought! There was even a historic hut left up near the parking lot which was pretty fascinating.

Arches itself is giant. You can spend as much, or as little time here as you want, and not be bored as long as you enjoy nature and her breathtaking forms! Walking up to the big arch is totally worth it (and no, looking at a picture does not do it justice). It's not for the faint of heart, but lets face it, fine for the out of shape (as I am one, and I made it!). These rock formations are very impressive, and almost daunting to stand near. Very fun to hang your legs over the edge of a cliff, and have your lunch before walking back down though!

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BillyMalady

  • 25 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
June 7, 2016

Advise. Go early before the heat if you plan on doing the hike to delicate arch. Go straight there and do first. Then double back for the others. It's a tough hike for old, young and out of shape and the heat will make it worse. The view at end makes it all worth it. So beautiful.

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Donna Hull

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  • 36 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
May 1, 2016

If you only have one day in Arches, here's what to see and do. But I recommend slowing down and spending more time in this corner of Utah. Book a tour with the National Park Service to explore the Fiery Furnace. Hike to Delicate Arch for a sunset photography shoot. Take some of the four-wheel-drive backroads to go off-the-beaten-path and don't miss a stroll down Park Avenue.

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Reviewed by
Noey31

  • 8 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
March 18, 2016

BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL PLACE. Make sure to bring plenty of water, be prepared its the desert. wear sunscreen and good hiking shoes. Find a camping spot on the river its a fun way to end the day while making dinner.

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Dakota

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January 18, 2016

Slightly north of Moab, Utah you’ll find yourself at Arches National Park — it’s more than 76 thousand acres of oceanic bed turned salt flat turned sandstone sediment deposit. These sediment deposits have dissolved over time forming literal arches all over the park, thus the name. Since 1929, travelers have come to see this remarkable landscape which looks astonishingly similar to ruins of a grand, ancient city.

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MollyDollyThompson

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  • 0 Helpful
January 5, 2016

surreal.

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paulkilroy

  • 13 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
January 1, 2016

Great!

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Patti Jervis

  • 5 Reviews
  • 13 Helpful
November 7, 2015

I have to say, this is one of my favorite places on earth. There is something incredibly special about Arches National Park. Even though I live in Cincinnati and am a mother to 4 boys, I've managed to get to Arches 4 times since 2007 when I first visited. I love that it is compact but there is so much to see and do. I love that in one day, you can see so many amazing sites.

My advice to anyone visiting for only one day: get there early and go straight to the Delicate Arch parking lot and hike up to this unbelievable arch. Once you arrive, spend time up there! Don't just get there, take a few pictures, and go on to the next spot. Sit down, have a snack, explore all of the different angles of the arch. Take some fun photos underneath the arch (ours usually involved some sort of crazy jumping photos, or even a handstand). Take in the beauty as long as it takes (at least an hour). When you've gotten your fill, work your way back down to your car and go back out to the main road and go right to where the hike for Landscape Arch is. Landscape is another special arch. Enjoy it and if you have time, explore that area. Once back at your car, work your way to the Windows section. Climb all around them and visit Turret Arch while you are there. See the Windows from there. Don't miss a quick visit to Double Arch on the other side of the parking lot. It is a cool one. Lastly, stop by Balanced Rock. Don't just view it from afar but park in the lot and walk around the entire rock. It is spectacular.

There is so much more to Arches but if you only have one day, that is what I'd do. It is a special park and a "don't you dare miss" spot if you are anywhere near Moab.

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TylerShaw

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  • 0 Helpful
October 11, 2015

Exceptional, it will never fail to disappoint, well except Edward Abbey. It's a shame it has been developed so...

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CarolLynnMickey

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  • 7 Helpful
August 9, 2015

Take the time to enjoy!!!

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hayco

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July 18, 2015

Amazing views! Tons of fun to just get out and climb around!

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ms_kayla_

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June 11, 2015

Awesome trip! I would definitely get there early to beat all of the crowds, but this is a must see National Park!

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Arne

  • 4 Reviews
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June 9, 2015

An incredible park. I recommend spending at least a whole day. In 3 hours we barely scratched the surface,

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ShotsFromTheRoad

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May 8, 2015

loved it so much I've been twice, and will be going back again.

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charliert2014

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April 15, 2015

looking forward to it

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January 18, 2015

Can only say amazing things about this gorgeous park and its surrounding area.

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Dana Newkirk

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September 30, 2014

It's like an amazing alien landscape as far as the eyes can see. It's hard to actually believe what your eyes are seeing when you visit for the first time. Bring water, sunscreen, comfy shoes, and a sense of adventure! Oh yeah, and your camera!

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Chris Spinney Long

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May 24, 2013

So many arches and rock formations to see. You could spend months here discovering everything.

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linds4g

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July 22, 2014

Absolutely amazing! Even if you don't hike- but drive thru and take pictures it's worth the trip!

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July 14, 2014

Visitors to Turret Arch should head to the North Window for an incredible natural framed view of Turret Arch.

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Arches National Park

N Highway 191
Moab, Utah
84532 USA

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  • Independent
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  • Public Restrooms
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