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ARCHES NATIONAL PARK TOUR

  • 70+Audio Points
  • LocationUtah, USA
  • Suggested TimeAllow 1+ Days

Tour Route Map

HOW TO USE THIS MAP

Click the expand arrows in the bottom left to view in full screen.  

The flags represent the official introduction start points, or join the tour anywhere along the route and pick up the commentary at the next point.

Our tours are designed to be all inclusive so you can divide into half, full and multi day sightseeing. (see the Tour Plan in the app for suggestions). Different commentary will play in each direction, while pointing out the ‘must-see’ locations.

Tour Route Map

How to use this map: Start the tour at the official introduction start points (flags), or anywhere along the route. Divide the route into half, full and multi day sightseeing. (see the Tour Plan in the app for suggestions). Different commentary will play in each direction, while pointing out the ‘must-see’ locations.

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What to Expect

Moab has long been a favourite place for adventure sport enthusiasts like mountain-bikers and rock climbers but simply driving the Arches National Park route as a sightseeing day trip is incredible in its own right.

With an introductory explanation of the complex geological forces required to create features like The Windows, and the slow constant affect weather elements have to change the landscape you’ll appreciate how remarkably unique it is. Hear stories about the characters who were drawn here and the fragile ecosystem that supplies a lifeline to a surprising amount of diversity.

But with over 2,000 arches located throughout the park, and most travellers on a limited schedule, we’ll lead you to not to be missed features like Delicate Arch, Double Arch and Landscape Arch. More time may allow you to visit Skyline Arch and Devils Garden areas, as well as many more.

We must exit the Park along the same road as we drive in, so there is different commentary to take us back to the entrance station and return to Moab.

Suggested Start Location

Start and end in Moab or at the entry of Arches National Park.

How Much Time Do I Need?

Allow a full day to sightsee Arches National Park main highlights, more time if you plan on hiking.

Driving Distance

Approx 42 miles return.

FAQ

WHAT IS ARCHES NATIONAL PARK FAMOUS FOR?

Arches is one of America’s most stunning national park, with natural stone arches, towering monoliths, and other unique rock formations.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT ARCHES?

Arches National Park is open year-round, 24-hours a day. Visitation is high from March to October and the best times to visit weatherwise are April through May and September through October. For that reason, spring and fall also tend to be the busiest times to visit. Consider visiting in winter, taking advantage of off-season rates and generally milder sunny weather.

HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU NEED TO VISIT ARCHES?

Arches is one of the easiest national parks to see in a day, if that’s all the time you have. The scenic drive offers countless views of natural arches and other interesting rock formations and most of the hikes in the park are short making it easy to squeeze in one or two. Two days in Arches is ideal though and would give you enough time to explore the Fiery Furnace on the ranger-led hike and do a few more of the longer hikes.

HOW LONG IS THE DRIVE THROUGH ARCHES NATIONAL PARK?

Around 40 miles (loop).

Moab has long been a favourite place for adventure sport enthusiasts like mountain-bikers and rock climbers but simply driving the Arches National Park route as a sightseeing day trip is incredible in its own right.

There are over 2,000 arches located throughout the park, so expect lots of stops for photos and time at viewpoints to fully absorb the scenes.

WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE IN ARCHES NATIONAL PARK?

You’ll need to arrive early (before 9am) or late (after 2pm) in peak season to avoid the busiest time which can see the Parks gates shut down for traffic control.

You can also return at night to star gaze.  Certified as an official International Dark Sky Park, return at night to see the nigh sky full of stars.  Bring your binoculars or join a Stargazer Program with a ranger.

SHOULD I HIKE TO DELICATE ARCH?

If you are in reasonably good shape, Delicate Arch takes a little over an hour to reach. Just be aware that the hike to the arch is all uphill, and there is no shade – so be sure to carry plenty of water and a hat.

HOW ACCESSIBLE IS ARCHES NATIONAL PARK - DO I HAVE TO WALK FAR?

Many of the arches and rock formations are visible from the scenic driving loop, or have short paved or gravel pathways, making it an enjoyable experience for those with physical or mobility issues.

Trip Planning

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED

Arches National Park has implemented a ticketed entry system in 2022. This affects all visitors entering the park from 3 April to 3 October during the hours of 6am – 5pm.

Tickets are only available online at recreation.gov. Advanced reservations are highly recommended. Tickets are valid for 1 day for entry only during the one-hour period reserved. Once you have entered the park during your one-hour entry window, you can exit and re-enter the park any time during the remainder of the day. Tickets are limited with most available in monthly blocks three months in advance, with a limited number of tickets released the evening prior.

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