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 near to each other. Arches, a smaller park, can be explored in one day. Here are the best sites for a perfect one-day itinerary.
Best Time To Visit Arches
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. During the winter, when there is snow on the ground, this is also a nice time for photography due to the contrast of the red rock and the white snow.
Where to Stay When Visiting Arches
Camping is available year-round at Devils Garden Campground within the national park for $25 per night (each campsite). Moab is the main town just outside of Arches National Park which has many options.
Budget Stay: Lazy Lizard Hostel is very basic, but the cheapest in town with dorms for $12 and private cabins starting at $40.
Mid-Range Stay: Adventure Inn Moab is a nice motel with rooms for $120
How to Get to Arches National Park
Arches is located just outside of Moab, Utah. It is a 10-minute drive on Highway 191 North.
Best Places to See in Arches National 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
Sunset Hike to Delicate Arch
Distance: 3.0 Miles
Elevation Gain: 480 feet gain
Time: 2 hours
The highlight of Arches is to come to see the 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 across from Delicate Arch.
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Arches National Park in 1 Day