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.
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.
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.
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
Delicate Arch Hike
Our Hike: 3.0 Miles, 480 feet gain, 2 hours
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.
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Visited on 01/31/2016.