Arches National Park – One Day Itinerary

Arches National Park is one of Utah’s finest parks. The main highlights are the stunning red rock, hundreds of archways and windows, and short hiking trails. Many combine Arches with a trip to Canyonlands as they are within close proximity to each other. Arches, a smaller park, can be explored in one day. Here is the best sights for a perfect one day itinerary.

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah

The Great Wall

When to Go

The best time of year to visit Arches is in the Fall before snowfall can disrupt the trails, yet after the busy tourist season in the summer.


Arches National Park, Moab, Utah

The Window’s

Where to Stay

Camping is available year round at Devils Garden Campground within the national park for $25 per night (each campsite). Moab also has many options for accommodation including hostels, guesthouses, hotels and AirBnB.


How to Get There

From Moab, Arches National Park is just a 10 minute drive on Highway 191 North.


Arches National Park, Moab, Utah

Balanced Rock

Key Areas of the Park

Great Wall – viewpoint

Petrified Dunes – viewpoint

Balanced Rock – 0.3 miles walk

Windows Section – 1 mile loop through two large windows

Double Arch – 0.5 mile trail to a very large double arch

Panorama Point – viewpoint

Fiery Furnace – viewpoint

Landscape Arch – 1.6 mile hike to the second most famous arch in the park

Delicate Arch – 3.0 mile hike to the best arch in the park

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah

Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch Hike

  • Our Hike: 3.0 Miles, 480 feet gain, 2 hours

  • Difficulty: Easy

The highlight of Arches is to come to see sunset at Delicate Arch. This is a very famous location for photographers. The trailhead is at Wolfe Ranch. Pass the historic cabins as well as the hieroglyphs. After a small wash, there is an open slickrock section. Near the top, there are a couple signs with arrows pointing for the trail to continue to the left. The trail will come to a narrow path hugging a ledge on the side of a cliff. Immediately following this section, you will be directly across from Delicate Arch.

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah

Courthouse Towers


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Visited on 01/31/2016.


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