Arches National Park Travel Guide

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Best Things To Do in Arches National Park

The red rock wonderland that is Arches National Park is a fascinating place to explore. Whether you're simply driving through the captivating landscape or opting for an adventurous hike or guided tour, the park is enchanting. It's good to get your bearings at the visitor center, where you can learn about the park's various trails and viewpoints and learn about available ranger programs. Though you can easily marvel at the otherworldly scene from your car, you'll want to stop, park and explore, especially at must-see sights like the famous Delicate Arch and Balanced Rock

How we rank Things to Do

Updated February 14, 2018

  • #1
    Things to do in Arches National Park
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    #1 in Arches National Park
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Located in the Devils Garden area, Landscape Arch is North America's longest arch, stretching an amazing 306 feet. To view the arch, you can take an easy, flat 50-minute hike from the Devils Garden trailhead to the arch.

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    Balanced Rock
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    #2 in Arches National Park
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
    TIME TO SPEND

    This iconic, 128-foot boulder, precariously perched on top of a thin pedestal of rock, is one of the park's top sights. Though it seems like it might fall over, the rock is actually attached to its eroding pedestal of Dewey Bridge mudstone.

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  • #3
    Windows Section
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    #3 in Arches National Park
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    The Windows Section, which is about 2 square miles in size, is home to some of the largest arches in the park, including North Window, South Window, Turret Arch and Double Arch. It's also considered one of the park's most scenic areas. From the parking lot, there are a handful of easy

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  • #4
    Delicate Arch
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    #4 in Arches National Park
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Delicate Arch has to be the world's most famous natural arch. The opening beneath the arch is 46 feet high and 32 feet wide, making it the largest free-standing arch in the park, and over the years, it has become the de facto symbol of the state ofUtah.

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    Double Arch
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    #5 in Arches National Park
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Double Arch, at 112 feet, is the tallest arch in the park. At 144 feet in length, it's also the second-longest arch in the park. Luckily, this natural wonder is easy to reach. The half-mile trail to Double Arch is a relatively flat, gravel-surfaced path that leads directly from the parking

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    Arches Visitor Center
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    Museums, Free
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    1 to 2 hours
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    Museums, Free
    TYPE
    1 to 2 hours
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    Start your park experience at Arches Visitor Center, located just a mile inside the entrance. Recent visitors call the center a "treasure trove of information." Along with exhibits inside and outside the center detailing the park's history, geology, plants and animals, on-site rangers can help you decide where to go and offer advice on trails

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    Fiery Furnace
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    #7 in Arches National Park
    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Hiking, Natural Wonders, Sightseeing, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Adventurous types love to explore the Fiery Furnace, a series of narrow passageways that leads through towering sandstone walls. Since it's easy to get lost among the labyrinth and because GPS technology does not work effectively within the walls, visitors must either take a ranger-guided hike or apply for a

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    Wolfe Ranch
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    #8 in Arches National Park
    Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Historic Homes/Mansions, Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    In 1898, John Wesley Wolfe settled 100 acres here with his son, where they had a few head of cattle and eked out a living. They lived in a rough cabin for nearly a decade, but in 1906, when Wolfe's daughter, her husband and two kids arrived, she demanded they

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