Arches National Park is a national park in the U.S. state of Utah. The park is located 4 miles (6 kilometers) north of Moab, Utah, along the Colorado River. Over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, particularly the well-known Delicate Arch, may be seen in the park, as well as a range of geological materials and landforms. The park has the world’s highest density of natural arches. The park covers a total area of 310.31 square kilometers (76,680 acres; 119.81 square miles; 31,031 hectares) on the Colorado Plateau. On average, the park obtains fewer than 10 inches (250 mm) of rainfall per year. On April 12, 1929, the National Park Service declared the region as a historical site, and on November 12, 1971, it was renamed as a national park. In 2018, the park received more than 1.6 million visitors.
7 Amazing Things To Do In Arches National Park
1. Horseback Ride Through The Park
Though we haven’t explored it much, the more parks we visit, the more we notice that many of them offer horseback rides through the park on wash bottom routes. We’re not big fans of horseback riding, but we’d like to try it someday to see how much the park changes when you’re on horseback.
2. Enjoy Sunrise Or Sunset At Delicate Arch
Delicate Arch is without a doubt the most well-known arch in the park and the world. Sunset is the best (or worst) time of day, depending on how you look at it. Sunset provides the best lighting for the arch, but it is also the busiest. We chose to avoid the crowds and instead try our luck at sunrise. The 3-mile hike can be difficult to navigate in the dark due to many sections where it’s easy to get lost, but we made it to the Arch and beat the sun, where we were able to enjoy the Arch peacefully with two other people.
Take a picture of the best places to capture light, color, and texture, as well as it’s wonderful scenic beauty.
4. Hike A Trail
Arches is a fantastic park for hiking, whether you want to go for a quick 15-minute stroll or a full-day excursion. The 7.2-mile Devil’s Garden Loop Trail, one of the park’s most iconic hikes, comes highly recommended. It takes you to several of the park’s famous arches, and the hike itself was a lot of fun, with varied landscapes and some scrambling. The hikes and difficulties can be found here.
The Devils Garden campground has breathtaking views that will make your eyes sparkled by its unexplainable beauty.
At Arches, there are a few backpacking options. Backpackers stay in specific areas and zones.
7. Drive The 18-Mile Scenic Road
If you only have a limited amount of time in Arches, the Scenic Drive is the best way to see the majority of the park. Allow at least 4-5 hours if you want to complete every paved road and spend at least 10 minutes at each viewpoint. If you’re just passing through, don’t miss the Windows section.
What are the other spots along the Arches National Park?
Arches National Park’s most photographed and interesting arch. Instead of being a window in the side of a rock wall, this independent arch emerges from the surface and frames the distant hills and mountains. For close-up images, you’ll have to climb to the arch, although it can be seen from afar from the Delicate Arch Viewpoint on the road that runs beneath it.
The trail to Double Arch is almost directly across the road from the Windows parking lot. The arch can be seen from the parking lot, but it’s much more impressive up close, where you can get a true sense of its scale and see the sky filtering through the arches above. The trail out to Double Arch is short and accessible to all, making it ideal for families. At the base of the arch, the trail becomes a bit of a jumble, and you can venture up the boulders beneath the arches if you wish.
Sand Dune Arch
Sand Dune Arch is a fascinating area to explore, with a striking trail entrance through narrow rock fins and a walk across deep sand to a lovely arch. The short walk into and around the arch is like walking through a slot canyon, with high walls creating a tunnel effect. The sand in this area is unique, and it gives this arch its own personality.
Arches National Park has the world’s highest concentration of natural stone arches. Over 2,000 confirmed arches, as well as pinnacles, balancing rocks, fins, and other geologic structures, may be found throughout the park. By enjoying it’s scenic view and unbelievable formation of rocks, everything just feels so out of this world.