Travel to Arches
858,525 in 1997. Visitation is highest March through October; lowest in December and January.
The park entrance is located on Utah Highway l9l, five miles north of Moab, UT
Arches National Park
P.O. Box 907
Moab, UT 84532
(435) 259-8161 (voice)
(435) 259-5279 (TTY)
Visitor Center open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, until 6:00 p.m., April through October. Closed December 25th.
Climate In summer, June through September, temperatures may exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit and winter, December through February, temperatures often drop below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures may range 50 degrees in a 24-hour period. Very dry! Carry drinking water at all times.
Commercial airlines serve Grand Junction, CO and Salt Lake City, UT. From Salt Lake City, a commuter airline (Alpine Air: 801-575-2839) and a shuttle bus service (Bighorn Express: 435-587-3061) provide transportation to Moab. Amtrak and Greyhound both provide transportation to Green River (fifty miles from Moab), and Greyhound also stop at Crescent Junction (thirty miles away). Taxi and shuttle services can be arranged from these locations.
Fees, Costs, Rates
Entrance fee of $10 per vehicle is good for seven consecutive days. $5 individual and is good for seven days. Camping fee is $10 per night. Fees also charged for Fiery Furnace permits ($2 Adult, $1 children 6-12) and Fiery Furnace guided walks ($8 adults, $4 children 6-12).
- Annual Pass: $80, good for one year at any National Park or Federal Recreation Area. Purchase your Annual Pass online Here.
Facilities and Opportunities
Visitor Center: Located near park entrance, the visitor center houses a museum with exhibits and a bookstore operated by the Canyonlands Natural History Association. A short orientation program is shown in the auditorium on the hour and half hour.
Trails, Roads: The 48 mile round trip paved road in the park travels through spectacular scenery and leads to major park features. Hiking trails of varying length and difficulty lead to and through arches and into the heart of the park.
Programs/Activities: Regularly scheduled walks, guided hikes and evening campfire programs by rangers, mid-March through October. Check bulletin boards in the park for details. Reservations must be made for the popular Fiery Furnace guided hike in person at the Arches Visitor Center, up to seven days in advance. Also, check at the visitor center for information on the Junior Ranger program for children ages six through eleven.
Lodging and camping facilities: No lodging in park. The Devils Garden Campground, located 18 miles from the park entrance, has 50 tent and trailer sites, plus two walk-in group sites limited to tenting for ten or more persons. Facilities include flush toilets and water until frost. You must pre-register for individual campsites at the Arches Visitor Center between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m., or at the entrance station after 8:00 a.m. Group campsite reservations are available for the two group sites; call (435) 259-4351 for information. The Arches campground fills daily mid-March through October, often by early to mid-morning.
Food/supplies: No food is available in the park. In the Arches Visitor Center, you may buy film and water containers, as well as informational materials.
Accessibility: The visitor center is handicapped-accessible and there is one designated accessible site in the campground. All flush and vault toilets in the park are accessible. The new Delicate Arch Viewpoint and trail area are accessible.
Recomended Activities / Park Use
Sightseeing by personal car, hiking, biking (established roads only), picnicking (3 designated picnic areas in park), and camping. Join a ranger March through October at a talk, walk, hike or campfire program. The basic road tour with stops at overlooks requires several hours to a half day.
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