Arches National Park
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  • DLP
    New Jersey3,641 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    There is no mistaking why this is a National Park
    The geological formations in this park are awe inspiring. The landscapes are beautiful. Hiking provides some astounding views, but the pull offs are just as mesmerizing. This time of year, it is hot and you should properly prepare when coming to the park, but a visit here is well worth your time.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 July 2023
  • Vicki G
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Park!
    Arches is a must do in Utah!! The timed entry was a bit of a hassle but was well worth it. We able able to hike up close to several of the arches including the Delicate Arch. The park has well marked trails and guides to answer our many questions about the park.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 30 July 2023
  • techgmu
    Chester, Virginia426 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical!
    They have timed entry, so plan accordingly. We didn’t plan, but we were lucky enough to go online and reserve a time for the same day. What an incredible place — there is so much beauty! We spent all day there, and then came back after sunset to park and look at the night sky. I highly recommend.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 August 2023
  • DontStopExploring
    Winnipeg, Canada1,227 contributions
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    Arches National Park
    Arches National Park is one of the coolest National Parks that I have ever been to. We spent two days in the park as part of our 3-week road trip through Utah, Nevada, California and Oregon. At Arches National Park, the natural arches are literally everywhere and none of them look the same. In fact, there is over 2,000 natural arches inside this park. We did Delicate Arch on our first day and visited Landscape Arch and the Window Arches on the second day along with Devils Garden. If you go in the summer like we did, bring plenty of water, sunscreen and a hat for your head. It was very dry and hot even at the start of the day. Arches National Park is amazing. Make sure you also get your timed entry into the park. This cuts down on congestion at some of the more popular trails.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Sam
    Sarasota, Florida246 contributions
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    Delicate Arch itself is worth the trip!
    My mom and I visited Arches National Park during a 10 day trip from Washington to Florida and are so glad that we did! We started our day driving nearly 6 hours in the dark from Idaho Falls into Arches, in order to be at the entry station between 7 - 8 AM for our timed entry, but are so glad we did because it was so worth it. We had one goal in mind for the park, since we only had half a day to spend before driving to Bryce later in the day, so we headed straight for the Delicate Arch trailhead. To my surprise, after living in Washington for 3 months and being in multiple national parks until this visit to Arches, the timed entry was actually really nice. The park was NOT overcrowded whatsoever, parking was extremely easy to find at the trailhead, and the pull offs were easy to get to for amazing pictures without a lot of cars in the view! The Delicate Arch trail was not the hardest I've ever done, but not the easiest either. It starts off gravel and flat, giving you a small glimmer of false hope, and then you see the rock face you have to walk up to reach the top. I felt okay doing this trail, thanks to spending 3 months hiking in WA prior to our trip, but my mom needed several breaks, along with the vast majority of other people, hiking upwards. Despite the struggle, the top is 100000% worth it. The arch, first thing in the morning, was not overcrowded, maybe 80 max people were at the top, pictures were easy to get without anyone in them, and there was an amazing breeze. The hike down was easy, but could be stressful on you if you have bad knees. Takeaways from our morning hike: have plenty of water, hiking/trekking poles may be helpful going up AND down if you are not a strong hiker or have bad knees/hips, and make sure to take your camera! We did not do any other hikes in Arches and only stopped at the scenic pull offs, but Delicate Arch was well worth the out of the way drive and early morning hike!
    Visited August 2023
    Written 17 August 2023
  • MikeShaler
    Orchard Park, New York167 contributions
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    Yikes & Hikes
    What a marvelous National Park to view and to hike! My 2 nd trip here resulted in hiking up to Delicate Arch ( get in shape for this and drink plenty of water). What a sight! We then proceeded to the Windows portion and the pictures tell it all! Biggest disappointment was trying to book the Fiery Furnace , Ranger guided hike ( about 1 1/2 hrs). We were unsuccessful ! It was HOT! So bring water for sure.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 August 2023
  • Anantha
    Cheshire, Connecticut201 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hikes galore
    One of the best national parks I have been so far. Plenty to see and hike. Delicate Arch, windows, landscape arch hikes my favorites… book for he earliest times entry in summer months as once the sun is out even easiest hikes will be strenuous…
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 August 2023
  • Heather P
    Wilmington, Delaware4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sunrise
    We drove to Arches to watch the sunrise. Since we didn’t have a timed reservation we arrived at 5 am. We settled into watch the sunrise at broken rock. After the sunrise we drive to the delicate arch . There were saw many people at the arch watching the sunrise . I’d recommend that location if you are up for the moderate climb.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 August 2023
  • Dana O
    Morris, Illinois882 contributions
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    Beautiful
    Beautiful park with a lot of hiking if you are up to it. A lot of the sites are close to the road also for the less adventurous. Road is 18 miles in and 18 miles out with plenty of pull offs and bathrooms along the way.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 September 2023
  • DENISE L
    78 contributions
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    A must
    Great place to spend day or half a day I started w a reservation 7-8am arrived at 0650 be aware you need an entrance ticket per vehicle AND a timed reservation for entrance . I had already researched the arche’s I wanted to see so I headed to what I thought would be most popular , delicate arch still a good drive from Entrance but after drive and hike the picture was doable and not a lot of waiting in line to do so ,after that I headed back towards the entrance for the other hikes . There’s parking at each arch with ppl coming and going constantly at most I waited like 45 seconds for a vehicle to leave . Doable for all ages and I would Definitely go early on hot days I was there from 7-12 and hiked 6 arches . I know they offer tours here I would save yourself money and just do it on your own . There are bathrooms at each arch but they are fancy porta potties. I would stop at the visitor office on your way out . Ppl were stopping on the way in for some reason . I have my passport book for national parks so i got my sticker and stamp !
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 1 September 2023
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gsaz71
Tucson, AZ41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Solo
Simply amazing place. A Completely unique experience. Any review you read will say that the park will be busy but as with many places, if you avoid weekends and peak hours you can have more space to yourself. For me, I visited on Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning and evening and it wasn't busy at all. I hiked to Delicate Arch before sunrise and I encountered maybe 20 people or so at the Arch. It also was much more manageable than in the heat of the day. Sunset delivers the true 'red rock' experience but I am told that brings a lot more people. So up to you! But make sure you visit all the Arches on the different trails. Each bring their own unique experience. I purchased the annual National Park subscription which at $80 is a great deal if you plan to visit a few National parks throughout the year. My pictures are of Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch and the Windows.
Written 11 July 2020
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Jill V
San Antonio, TX1,178 contributions
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Jun 2020
Located about 10 minutes out of Moab, Utah, Arches National Park has one of the largest collections of natural arches in the world.
Cost to get into the park is $30.00 per car, you can purchase a National Parks Pass for $80.00 that is good for one year and allows you access to all National State Parks.
Most of the the arches and rock formations can be seen from the park road, there are turnouts and parking spaces so you can leave your car to take pictures.
Hiking is allowed, you are can go right up to many of the arches.
The double arch is a pretty easy hike. Delicate Arch is a 3 mile hike, we were not able to get there due to a thunderstorm that moved into the area, but we got a glimpse of it from the path.
Our visit was on a Friday in June late afternoon.
There was no line to enter the park and it was easy to find parking at each of the stops.
The area has little to no shade and is extremely hot be sure to drink plenty of water, use sun screen and cover your head.
Only a few visitors wore masks, but most people were good about social distance. An occasional family would crowd around while we were looking at informational signs, but when we asked for space, promising them we were almost done reading, the would respect our request and move away.
The natural arches and stone sculptors were magnificent, we enjoyed coming up with ideas of what we thought each one resembled.
Visiting was definitely worth the trip on our visit from Texas.
Written 27 June 2020
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Robyn P
Sun City, AZ1,123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Couples
Arches National Park contains the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches. There are over over 2,000 arches are located within the park’s 76,518 acres! The park also contains an astounding variety of other geological formations. A paved scenic drive takes visitors to many of the major viewpoints within the park, although many required hiking ( hikes range from beginner to expert level).

The topography is stunning! The paved road that winds through the park is well maintained, and provides beauty from all sides even from the car. We chose some small hikes, but saw the majority of the formations while driving. This is one of the remarkable things about the park. There is a perfect level of activity for everyone.

Admission is $30.00, and can be paid by credit card. This allows re-entry to the park for one week. There is a visitor's center immediately upon arrival that is primarily a store to sell souvenirs. There is a bathroom at the visitor's center, and a few other toilets in the park.

We purchased an audio guide from website "Get Your Guide" that I highly recommend. For only $8.39, the audio narrates all of the stops along the way, in addition to story telling about the park from your car audio player.

The park is immaculate. I didn't see ao single piece of trash any where. There is NO restaurant inside the park, so be sure and bring water and snacks. We spent 3 hours there in total. A wonderful day for all ages to experience the beauty of mother nature and crisp mountain air.

Written 5 November 2021
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Emilie J
73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
Jacob, our driver was wonderful! We went in back entrance and we’re on “so called roads” that only the best vehicle snd driver can manage.
Highly recommend this tour- you can drive on main road to see major arches with all the crowd. If driving yourself go in by 7am, long lines and waits when full over 2 hours. Enjoyed... but Canyonlands was our favorite for scenery snd no crowds
Written 21 May 2021
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carrot9936
Arlington, TX84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
The line to enter the park took about 20 minutes all 3 times we went. The road through the whole park is paved and there are many places to pull off for taking pics. There are camp style bathrooms in numerous locations & considering the amount of people there, they were very clean. The park is open 24 hrs & the view at sunset is spectacular. The visitor center is open till 5pm for the gift shop only & masks are required to enter. They do monitor how many are inside & we had to wait about 5 mins before we could go in.
Written 18 May 2021
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Liddy4253
Chicago, IL29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
The only problem with this National Park is that it's run by the government. We left Cortez CO on March 20th before dawn and arrived at the entrance to Arches at 9AM. By then the two lanes were backed up nearly back to the highway, at least a half a mile maybe a mile.
As we waited we kept thinking "they can't have just two people taking the money" and "this must eventually branch out to more toll takers". No one would be that inefficient. But... that's what the government has at Arches, two very over-worked rangers taking entry fees for thousands of very angry families with kids trapped in their cars needing to pee. It took over an hour (of precious vacation time) to enter the park.
How hard would it be for the government to set up two or three more of the little outhouse sized stations to take the money? How much gas and air pollution would that save?

That's really my only complaint. The place is unbelievable, incredible, spectacular. One of the most beautiful places on earth. We drove most of the park in 3 hours, stopping several times for some short hikes. Like a lot of people we wanted to do Canyon lands NP in the afternoon.
Written 28 March 2021
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Mona Lisha
117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Arches National Park is a treasure trove of excitement and adventure. You need at least 2-3 days in the park to cover all the hikes they offer. In October, the weather in the morning is cool and it gets hot by noon. We did our hikes in the morning and tried to avoid hikes in the afternoon heat, which worked out well. Plenty of parking and hikes for all ages and abilities. If you get to the park early in the morning (earliest we arrived was 6:30AM), you don't have to pay the park entrance fee. Definitely recommend Delicate Arch and The Windows hikes. There are many points to look out from, including the Petrified Dunes. The vistas are gorgeous and pictures do not capture their beauty. There are other activities to do besides hiking, including riding 4-wheelers, climbing up the sand dunes, and rafting on the river.
Written 30 October 2020
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Bee80204
Denver, CO5,062 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
This park gets crowded. Even though we were here on an off season it was still busy. There was a sign saying that they were full and to come back in three to five hours. So we explored another spot and returned to find the sign gone. So we waited in one of the two lines. Paid with cash to simplify the process and received a map with information on the park as well.
We drove to the Park Avenue viewpoint and trailhead but it was too crowded and we couldn’t even drive close to parking so we turned around. We drove past the Courthouse Towers, the Organ, the Three Gossips, Sheep Rock and the Tower of Babel. Identifying them while in a car was challenging but he wanted to get to the Landscape Arch first. I could tell when we passed the Petrified Dunes as the landscape changed. Balanced Rock was cool. I’m always amazed at how the rocks stay in place especially on a smaller joint than usual.
On our hike from Devil’s Garden Trailhead to Landscape arch we stopped to admire Pine Tree Arch and saw Tunnel Arch. The trail to those two were even enough that an older lady on a motorized scooter could also enjoy them. The distance to the two was not bad and you have to walk back out again to head to Landscape Arch. But halfway there it started to rain so we made the decision to head back to the trailhead as we didn’t want to be caught in the rain and then be soaking wet for the rest of the hike out and back again. It wasn’t warm enough to be wet. Bummer. Well it was still fun to see the different landscapes and to admire the rock formations and the arches we did see.
There were also plenty of restroom facilities at the trailheads and as we drove around which was surprising and welcome. The ones at Devil’s Garden trailhead were clean and well stocked. I find it sad that people draw graffiti on the rocks. They are so majestic and beautiful. Recommended that you come early or stay later so it’s not as crowded. And your pass is good for 7 days so you can always come back if you have time and it’s too late in the day to see it all. I wish we did return early the next day but we were on a slightly scheduled road trip so we couldn’t. Next time.
Written 20 October 2021
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Kathy B
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
We visited The Arches during the cool of the evening in July 2020. Although the rangers were limited in contact with visitors due to CoVid, one ranger did recommend to us a specific time to visit, between 6:15- 7:30. We took his advice and were definitely blessed by what we experienced. The Arches’ beauty and wonder was enhanced by the evening changes of light. It was cool enough to walk to many specific arches and marvel in the architecture of nature. Our family visited the Windows and the Double Arch that evening. They were amazing!!! We stood beneath the opening of the Double Arch and viewed the clear blue sky and fluffy clouds. Wow!
There was a brief shower which brought a rainbow to crown the already regal landscape. Beautiful!!!
Written 26 July 2020
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Kai C
Half Moon Bay, CA1,257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021
Words cannot express the magic and beauty of this iconic place. There are many trails, all of them worth taking. Definitely do the Devils Garden - Dark Angel hike, with perhaps the caution that while the Primitive trail is outstanding, there are a few sketch spots that require balance and a steady foot. Wildlife. The trails are well maintained but I'd still recommend downloading GPS maps (such as the Gaia or AllTrails GPS apps) because the trails can be easy to miss, especially as the sun is coming down.
Written 18 February 2021
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