Arches National Park Scenic Drive

Arches National Park Scenic Drive

Arches National Park Scenic Drive
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  • 212Moree
    Seffner, Florida154 contributions
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    Absolute Must!
    We had a timed entry for 9am. Arrived and got in line a little before 9. Entry was simply and quick. We drove the entire Scenic Drive stopping along the way to hike at several trailheads. We picnicked at Panorama Point. We were able to finish the drive and make our way to the visitor center before it closed (we had tons of questions and they were very helpful with answers). The dessert is blooming in May! So many flowers.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 May 2024
  • onerebecca
    Birmingham, Michigan143 contributions
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    Beautiful during sunset views
    This drive during sunset is so beautiful and the Windows look out point did not disappoint during the sunset. I now know why they put the sunset like pictures on a lot of their tshirts. The skyline after the sunset over the mountains and rocks is majestic! A must see!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 May 2024
  • K B
    Lafayette, California483 contributions
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    Stunning views of much of Arches' stunning scenery
    Breath taking views of many of the Park's highlights, lots of places to pull over for scenic views. After Capitol Reef and their short one road, it felt like Arches had LOTS of paved road to many of the main view areas. It is still the case that much of the Park must be hiked or visited via 4x4 but we found plenty to see and do along the paved highway. It is also true that due to the deluge of tourists, there is 'timed entry' like 8am to 4pm. We went both times between 4-5pm and waited maybe 2-3 cars: not long at all.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 July 2024
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AlpinerHut
Chantilly, VA1,204 contributions
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Oct 2021
Scenic Drive opens up a world of beauty for visitors to Arches National Park.

TIPS:

* Go to the park early, or late, to beat the crowds. We arrived before sunrise. Arrive much later and you'll likely find the park closed during peak season (you'll be told to come back at 3 p.m., when early birds start to leave).

* This park looks different morning, noon and night. Plan on staying for a while! Sunrise was spectacular, silhouetting formations like Balanced Rock (see my review, "So beautiful it throws you off balance"). Once the sun was up, rock formations glowed a brilliant red. By midday, they looked different yet again!

* If you go in early, we suggest driving Scenic Drive straight to Devils Garden Trailhead to get a parking space there ahead of the inevitable crowds. Or, for the same reason, maybe go straight to Delicate Arch Trail. One problem, though. How do you drive past Balanced Rock and Skyline Arch and a dozen other pullouts that invite you to pause?

* There are 2,000 arches in this park (though day-trippers will only see a few of them), but don't miss the spires, pinnacles, buttes, balanced rocks, etc., too.
Written 6 November 2021
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Sheryl Mc
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Download the Gypsy Guide app and purchase the tour. It was the best money spent. We also went early in the morning, arriving by 7:30. People we talked to said they were turned away at 8:30 and told to return in 3-4 hours. We did the entire park and hiked to Delicate Arch in under 8 hours. We did a few short hikes besides that one, but it was definitely the most strenuous. If you aren't ascending 500 feet on an incline, then you are hugging the side of the mountain because the other side is a drop off. Once you reach the arch, you are only in a viewing area. You have to climb over rocks and ascend into a bowl to take a picture along the edge inside the arch. My husband is afraid of heights, but agreed to take pictures. The area under the arch is wider than it looks from a distance. Make sure to follow the signs and bring plenty of water and wear proper, closed toe footwear. The terrain is very uneven in places and, although only 85 and overcast when we hiked it, we drank our liters of water before returning to our car.
Written 27 June 2021
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ItchyFeet
Camarillo, CA10,926 contributions
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Nov 2020 • Couples
There is only one road in and out of Arches National Park and it is that road. You can stop at several pull outs / parking lots and take 5 - 15 minute walks to see many arches. There are other arches that require significant more time and planning. Even if you only saw the visitor center and the arches that are very close to the road you would see many great arches.

We were here the 3rd week in October and it was extremely busy. The park closed for several hours in the middle of the day because the park was full. I would definitely advise going as early as possible in the morning and if you plan on going on a long hike you definitely want to get there as close to sunrise as possible when it is cooler and less crowded.
Written 1 November 2020
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NewfiePupLover
Des Moines, IA349 contributions
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Aug 2020
Unique, surprising and beautiful. Arches National Park is one of the smaller national parks so you can experience most of what you want - unless you're going to do some serious hiking or camping - in only a few hours. Some of the famous arches are within a short walk from the driving and parking areas, while some of the others require some serious hiking to view. We traveled here with small children so the longer-distance hiking wasn't an option, but the park was still wonderful and a place I'm glad we came to. There is one road in and the same road out, but with a few offshoots taking you to different groupings of rock formations and arches. In between the famous and highlighted formations is high desert area which some people have commented is "vast nothing" or worse; but, it's very beautiful in it's own way. I would recommend a trip to Arches National Park to see the park itself, but also to participate in other activities around Moab including 4x4 Hummer tours, rafting, bike riding, etc. And, the town of Moab has lots of good options for lodging, dining, shopping, etc. It's remote, but that's also part of the experience.
Written 14 August 2020
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BruinDan
Fullerton, CA3,168 contributions
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Oct 2020
Whether you have a limited amount of time to visit or simply want a “lay of the land” before decided on your itinerary, the Scenic Drive at Arches National Park is a worthwhile activity. You can spend a couple hours or the better part of a day driving the 36 mi/59 km (round trip) road through Arches National Park. With plenty of places to stop and snap pictures and innumerable panoramic views, you can enjoy the natural beaurty and majesty of Arches without having to leave your vehicle.

After stopping at Arches National Park visitor center (which every visitor should do), you’ll drive up steep switchbacks on a paved park road. At the top, Park Avenue is the first of many potential photo stops you’ll reach. Next will be the spur road to the La Sal Mountains viewpoint; about a mile after that turnoff, you’ll make a turn and find yourself on a straightaway with an absolutely jaw-dropping set of formations. Join the other cars pulling over to take photos of this amazing sight. Just down the road is the Courthouse Towers viewing area, which is worth a stop. Next you should stop at the parking lot for Balanced Rock, one of the best-known attractions in the park. As you continue your drive you will behold wondrous sights of cliffs, spires and vistas for miles. One of the nice things about this drive is there are many turnouts along the road where you can get out, stretch your legs and take some photos. As you near Devils Garden (the turnaround point for the drive) you will catch a glimpse of Skyline Arch, the only arch in the park that is visible from the road.

Even though the Scenic Drive is beautiful, to get an even greater appreciation for Arches I would suggest getting off the main road and occasionally getting out of your vehicle. Even if you have ambulatory issues or are not in great physical condition, there are still things you can do. For example...

Take the spur road over to the Windows and take the short 0.5 mi/0.8 km round trip hike to Double Arch, which is one of the most interesting arches in the park.
Have a picnic lunch at Panorama Point.
Take the spur road toward Delicate Arch and see the iconic arch from the Delicate Arch viewpoint.
Pull over in the parking area for Sand Dune Arch and take the short 0.3 mi/0.5 km hike to the arch.
Stop in the parking area for Skyline Arch and walk 0.2 mi/0.3 km to see the arch close up.

No matter how much (or how little) you decide to do during the drive, by all means take the Arches National Park scenic drive and find out why the park is so deservedly famous.
Written 29 October 2020
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5,385 contributions
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Aug 2020
Not long after entering the park as you climb up the road through several switchbacks, you will experience spectacular sights throughout the drive. My favorite section was driving from Park Avenue through The Courtland Towers area. Balanced Rock is beautiful especially at sunset and is about a 30 min drive from the entrance. It takes about 40-45 min to drive to the end of the scenic drive at Devil's Garden Trailhead. As beautiful the sights are along the road, the highlights of Arches National Park involved getting out and doing some hiking including to Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch and beyond to Double O Arch, Broken Arch and the Windows area.
Written 13 September 2020
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siglerk76
Warren, OH280 contributions
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Jun 2020 • Family
We drove there with our kids and my wife couldn't stop taking pictures. The arches are great and the view is amazing.
Some tips:
1. There is no gas station in the park and it is about 20 miles in and out.
2. There are a few arches that needs walking to, some very short and easy and some a bit longer.
3. If you are into seeing the Delicate Arch, which is the most iconic arch, it will take you around two and a half hours ( depends on the walking skills of your group). My kids were too tired from the day and we did not do the hike, we saw it from a view point a mile further.
4. There is no place to buy food or beverages in the park, so bring your own.
5. Pets are not allowed on almost any trail, so think about it.
6. If you are planing to see all the arches and all the hikes to them it will take you a full day in the park.
Enjoy!
Written 29 June 2020
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ReadRibbet
1,306 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Easily accessible just outside of Moab, the scenic drive through The Arches was a spectacular experience. When we travelled there in late August, the park still was using a time reservation system but we were able to find many openings even at the last minute however they did turn people away who approached the entrance without a reservation. We used our senior national park pass, so there was no additional fee to enter the park. The drive was very manageable with a paved road throughout. There are many places to pull over or pull off and park so that you can take in the views and land formations. Some of the more popular areas were quite crowded and finding a parking place did require circling around a few times. Some of the formations do require significant hiking for access but others are readily available with short walks or from a distance. Restrooms are scattered throughout the park. There is a very large visitor center at the entrance. It was certainly worth the drive.
Written 3 January 2023
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Tracey M
Bluemont, VA498 contributions
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Jul 2021
The scenic drive is the best way to see all of the beautiful arches and other sites. We arrived at the park around 6:00pm which was perfect. Most people were leaving, so the park was not crowded at all and we didn't have to wait to enter the park, in fact, it was free as there was to the back and worked our way forward which worked well for us. You can stop at how many or few areas you choose to. The drive took us about 2.5 hours with stops here and there and some short hikes. There was a surprise around each corner with another beautiful display of nature.
Written 3 August 2021
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shnpan
Birmingham, AL989 contributions
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Jan 2020
This was an amazing drive through beautiful scenery. We visited in January so there was snow everywhere adding to the natural beauty of the park. Be sure to stop at the visitor center and pick up a map so you won't miss anything.
Written 7 February 2020
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