Arches National Park Travel Guide

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Getting Around Arches National Park

The best way to get around Arches National Park is by car. There is no public transportation inside Arches National Park, though commercial tours are offered by companies in Moab, Utah, which sits about 5 miles southeast of the park entrance. Visitors can also ride bikes in the park, though there are no bike lanes or shoulders, so this is more of an option for experienced cyclists. The entrance to the park is north of the town of Moab.

Most travelers fly into Grand Junction Regional Airport (GJT), about 110 miles east of the park entrance in Colorado, or into Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC), about 230 miles north of the park entrance. Rental cars are readily available at either airport.

Car The most common way to get around Arches National Park is by car. Visitors slowly inch along the scenic drive, which provides access to various viewpoints and trailheads. In high season, parking can be difficult and waits can be long.
Commercial Tour

The park has contracts with several companies allowing them to provide guided van tours and hikes in Arches. Trips include everything from sunset tours to photography workshops in the park. You can find a full list of operators on the Discover Moab website.

Shuttles & Taxis

Several local taxi services and shuttles provide drop-off and pick-up service in Arches, which can be a great way to avoid parking hassles. Discover Moab offers a list on its website.

Bike

A bike path connects Moab with the entrance to Arches, but in the park, there is no dedicated bike lane along the scenic drive. High traffic (including many large recreation vehicles) make biking quite challenging. If you'd like to see the park by bike, plan to arrive early in the morning when there is less traffic and avoid weekends during peak season (May to October). Keep in mind: Biking is not allowed on any of the park's trails. If you're looking for a bit of a reprieve from road traffic, consider the Salt Valley and Willow Springs dirt roads, which are less traveled than the paved roads. These roads are more suited to mountain bikes thanks to washboards, deep sand and other obstacles. If you're hoping to rent a bike, Poison Spider Bicycles and Moab Cyclery receive favorable reviews from recent travelers.

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