Arches National Park contains over 2,000 cataloged natural arches, making it the world’s largest collection! Some of these are very small, but some are massive and will take your breath away. I personally like to visit Arches at least once a year or so, just because it is one of those places that always fills me with wonder and amazement.
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What You Need to Know
- This area of Utah can get extremely hot in the summer, so plan accordingly. Be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen, and NEVER hike without water. Two areas of the park offer drinking water — the Visitor Center at the beginning of the road, and the Devil’s Garden Trailhead at the end of road.
- You will occasionally see little stacks of rocks lining the trail as you hike. These are called cairns and they are there to help you along areas that are hard to follow or discern what path you should take. Do not touch, alter, destroy, or build new cairns in any way as a courtesy to your fellow hikers.
- The soil in Arches National Park is actually a biological crust that has been living and growing for thousands of years, so stay on the trail. Please do not disturb the fragile soil.
Are you planning on camping? Be sure to check out my guide All About Camping in Arches National Park!
Although there is an astonishing number of arches in this park, other great hikes and viewpoints without arches do exist. This is what makes Arches National Park so incredibly unique and well worth a trip!
From Moab, drive north on Highway 191 for 5.5 miles until you see the turnoff for Arches National Park on your right. Turn here and you will reach the entrance station. Entrance fees are listed here. Just past the entrance station is the Visitor Center. Stop here to fill up your water bottles and to get an overview of the National Park.
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