Exploring Moab: Arches National Park

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Arches National Park is 5 miles north of Moab, just off Hwy 191.

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Arches National Park boasts the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone, with over 2,000 arches & amazing rock formations within the park’s 76,518 acres.

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

As one of Moab’s most crowded areas, expect high traffic and waits during peak seasons (March – October). Arches National Park fees are $5 for individuals (applies to motorcycles, bicycles and walk-ins) or $10 per vehicle (includes all occupants of a vehicle) and are good for 7 days.

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

For those not wishing to hike, Arches National Park can be viewed by car via the 18-mile scenic road. Parking is limited at all destinations, especially on weekends and holidays.

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Arches contains a variety of easy to moderate hiking trails ranging from 15 minute strolls to several hour hikes. Most trails are very exposed with little to no shade. Remember temperatures regularly exceed 100°F / 38°C, so avoid the hottest hours of the day and always carry plenty of water.

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Pets are not allowed on any hiking trails. Pets may be walked on roads or in parking lots, but must be leashed at all times when outside a vehicle. Never leave a pet in a vehicle even for a few minutes.

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Additional Moab, Utah hikes

Hiking Moab overview
Corona Arch and Bowtie Arch
Negro Bill Canyon Trail to Morning Glory Natural Bridge