Top 5 Tips When Visiting Arches National Park

Two men hiking at Arches National Park in Utah
Gaston and Jamie at Arches National Park
  1. Stay in Moab.

Arches National Park is one of the more popular Utah National Parks and to best take advantage of your time there, it’s not a bad idea to find a spot in Moab. Not only is Moab a 10-15 minutes drive away, but the town is charming AF. Check out their local brewery, restaurants and shops and unwind find many options to unwind after a long day of adventuring.

2. Bring a couple of beverages and watch the sunset under an arch.

Some of the best moments in this park are when the sun rises and sets. Take advantage of these moments and bring a something refreshing with you to enjoy it. If you want to take it one step further, you can figure out where in the sky the sun will set and rise and time your arch visits accordingly. Most the crowds will have died down a bit too, so you’ll have more space for your pictures and personal enjoyment.

3. If you end up wanting to hike Fiery Furnace, make sure you reserve a day-use permit in advance.

It’s a popular hike. Or if you’re like us and you try to hike it during COVID-19, it’s closed. So also make sure to check the park website for any last minute changes so you don’t get disappointed like us!

4. Devil’s Garden is the most bang for your buck if you have a day to hike.

You get to see 7 Arches!! This hike is a long one, but if you’re going to visit Arches National Park, you might as well see as many of the as you can!

5. Determine your method of seeing the Delicate Arch.

It’s the arch that’s on the Utah license plate and most likely the most visited Arch in the park. If you want to hike a little over 1/2 a mile, you can reach the Lower Delicate Arch Viewpoint. If you can make it through the 3 miles hike with slight elevation, you can get up close and personal to the arch. Warning though, it’s hella busy so picking your timing is wise.

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