Arches National Park Travel Guide

USA  #8 in Best U.S. National Parks
Credit

Courtesy of lightphoto/Getty Images

Best Times to Visit Arches National Park

The best time to visit Arches National Park is April through May and September through October, when daytime temperatures average about 60 to 80 degrees. In the summer, temperatures can exceed 100 degrees, which can make exploring the park's trails very uncomfortable. In late summer, violent storm cells often cause flash floods which can be quite dangerous if you get caught unaware. Winter can be a lovely time to visit, with fewer crowds, though occasional snow and ice can make trails slippery. In addition, there are no ranger programs offered at that time. However, the visitor center is open daily.

Weather in Arches National Park

Switch to Celsius/MM
Average Temperature (°F)
44
22
52
28
64
35
71
42
82
51
93
60
100
67
97
66
88
55
74
42
56
30
45
23
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec
Average Precipitation (in)
0.45
0.39
0.33
0.75
0.78
0.47
0.86
1.02
0.96
0.96
0.59
0.71
Jan
Feb
Mar
Apr
May
Jun
Jul
Aug
Sep
Oct
Nov
Dec

Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center

April-May

Weather-wise, this is great time to visit before the scorching days of summer descend. Expect temperatures in the lows 80s and 70s. For that reason, it's also a very popular time to visit. Be prepared for crowds and lines to get into the park. Rangers offer free, daily guided 1-mile walks along easy trails; check with the visitor center for more information on specific trails.

Key Events:

June-August

Despite temperatures that can rise above 100 degrees, summer is still high season for the park, when kids are out of school and families go on vacation. Every visitor should have plenty of water and be dressed for the weather, with a hat and lots of sunscreen. Visiting very early in the morning or in the late afternoon is one strategy to avoid the crowds and the blazing sun. What's more, rangers lead free guided evening walks in the summer.

Key Events:

September-October

Like April and May, September and October offer cooler, pleasant temperatures with highs in the mid-80s and 70s and lows in the 50s and 40s. Thanks to the mild weather, falls is another popular time to visit, so be prepared for crowds.

Key Events:

November-March

With temperatures in the 30s to 50s, visiting in winter can be a chilly proposition. That said, there are fewer tourists to contend with, so visitors don't have to compete for parking or be crowded on trails. There are two things to be aware of though: there are no ranger programs offered in winter and some roads and trails may be closed due to snow or ice.

Key Events:

Find Flight and Hotel Deals

FLIGHTS
HOTELS

Press the down arrow key to interact with the calendar and select a date. Press the question mark key to get the keyboard shortcuts for changing dates.

Press the down arrow key to interact with the calendar and select a date. Press the question mark key to get the keyboard shortcuts for changing dates.

Explore More of Arches National Park

Recommended

The World's 30 Best Places to Visit in 2019-20

Using reader input and expert analysis, U.S. News identified the latest can't-miss vacations.

Tilly PeckerJune 25, 2019

The 16 Best San Diego Tours

Take advantage of the adventures this coastal city has to offer with a guided trip.

Lyn MettlerJune 24, 2019

12 Top Napa Valley Wineries to Visit

Set your sights on these can't-miss wineries during your next visit to California's wine country.

Lyn MettlerJune 24, 2019

The 6 Best Denver Brewery Tours

Discover the buzz about Denver's craft beer scene with these tours.

Holly JohnsonJune 21, 2019

The 10 Best Charleston Walking Tours

Experience true southern hospitality as you explore Charleston on one of these strolls.

Claire LawtonJune 20, 2019

The 15 Best Charleston Tours

See everything this historic South Carolina city has to offer on one of these guided excursions.

John RodwanJune 19, 2019

The 5 Best Kauai Helicopter Tours

See the Garden Island's far-reaching beauty from the air.

Holly JohnsonJune 14, 2019

The 6 Best Las Vegas Helicopter Tours

Get a thrilling look at the lights and sights of Sin City and its surroundings with one of these tours.

Holly JohnsonJune 13, 2019

20 Road Trip Essentials for Your Vacation

These road trip must-haves can help you save money, travel more comfortably and ensure you stay safe on the open road.

Holly JohnsonJune 13, 2019

13 Top Charlottesville Wineries to Visit

Sip a glass of Virginia's signature viognier as the sun sets over the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Gwen PratesiJune 12, 2019