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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 permit to enter the area alone (after watching a required orientation video). This is no ordinary hike. It is physically demanding, with areas that have irregular and broken sandstone, narrow ledges above drop-offs, gaps you must jump across and narrow spaces you must squeeze into and pull yourself up and through. In some places, you must hold yourself above the ground by pushing against the sandstone walls with your hands and feet.

The park highly recommends that first-time visitors join a ranger-guided tour or go with someone who has been before. Visitors who have completed the hike call it "incredible" and "exceptional," but warn that it can be quite challenging and suggest skipping it if you are claustrophobic or scared of heights.

The Fiery Furnace sits about 15 miles north of the park entrance. No commercial tours are allowed to access Fiery Furnace. Rangers lead two different tours through the Fiery Furnace, a 2 ½-hour loop hike and a slightly shorter, less physically demanding out-and-back hike. No children younger than 5 are allowed on either hike, and an adult must accompany all children 12 and younger. Tickets for the ranger-led loop hike cost $16 for adults and $8 for kids age 5 to 12. The ranger-led out-and-back hike costs $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5 to 12. You can purchase tickets at the park's website in advance (which the NPS highly recommends since tickets during peak season sell out fast). The individual hiking permit costs $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 5 to 12. You much purchase these at the visitor center in person during regular business hours. For more information about the Fiery Furnace, visit the NPS website.

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#1 Landscape Arch 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 ... Read more » (c) Swapan Jha / Getty Images

#2 Balanced Rock 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 ... Read more » Robert Loe / Getty Images

#3 Windows Section 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 ... Read more » Daniel Viñé Garcia / Getty Images

#4 Delicate Arch 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 ... Read more » www.infinitahighway.com.br / Getty Images

#5 Double Arch 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 ... Read more » Nigel Killeen / Getty Images

#6 Arches Visitor Center 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 ... Read more » Frank Kehren / Flickr

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#8 Wolfe Ranch 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 ... Read more » MicheleVacchiano / Getty Images

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Spanning 306 feet, Landscape Arch is North America's longest arch.  (c) Swapan Jha / Getty Images

Balanced Rock, seemingly precariously perched on top of a thin pedestal of rock, stands 128 feet tall. Robert Loe / Getty Images

Turret Arch as seen through the South Window in the Windows Section of the park. Daniel Viñé Garcia / Getty Images

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The Double Arch, at 112 feet, is the tallest arch in the park, and at 144 feet in length, it's also the second-longest in the park.  Nigel Killeen / Getty Images

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This cabin was built in the late 1800s by John Wolfe, who lived and ranched in the area before it was a park. MicheleVacchiano / Getty Images

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