Arches National Park Itineraries & Articles
How do you see over 2,000 arches in Arches in just three days? You don't. But we'll help you see the best of the best: the biggest, the prettiest and the most photogenic. And we'll throw in some local secrets as well.
3 days, 2 nights to explore the park's must-see geological wonders
DAY 1: Hello, Arches. Nice to meet you.
CHECK-IN, HIKE DELICATE ARCH, DINNER ON MAIN STREET IN MOAB
Moab, Utah is the gateway town for Arches National Park and the state’s adventure hub for decades. Arches National Park is just one of the dozens of possibilities to experience Utah’s unique redrock country. Find lodging in Moab here.
Green River is a town just 45 minutes away from Arches National Park and much less crowded than Moab. Find lodging in Green River here.
3:00 P.M. Check-in
Early Evening: Hike to Delicate Arch, the park’s most recognizable arch
Late Evening: Dinner on Main Street in Moab at one of the classic establishments
•Zax’s Pizza • Eddie McStiff’s • Moab Brewery • Milt’s Shake Shack • Peace Tree Cafe
DAY 2: Dig deep into Arches
FIERY FURNACE + VIEWPOINT EXTRAVAGANZA
MORNING: Fiery Furnace Guided Hike - 3 hour, strenuous hike
Take a guided hiking tour of this labyrinth of sandstone sculpted by Mother Nature herself. You could do a self-guided tour, but you’ll need to get a permit--which are difficult to come by (especially during peak summer months). Here’s some guides who will take you through the furnace safe and sound:
- National Park Service - You can reserve a spot for morning tours up to 6 months in advance here
- Moab Adventure Center
- Tag-a-Long Expeditions
- Deep Desert Expeditions
- Four Season Guides
- Escape Adventures
Lunch: Pack your own lunch to eat in the park
Afternoon: Viewpoint Extravaganza
Pick up a park map at the entrance of the park or at the visitor center.
5 Viewpoints you won’t want to miss:
- Park Avenue Viewpoint
- Courthouse Towers Viewpoint
- Balanced Rock Viewpoint
- The Windows Section (Windows Arches, Turret Arch, Double Arch)
- Skyline Arch
Evening: Dinner in Moab
DAY 3: Choose your final adventure
Morning: Hike to 1,2,3...or 7 arches in Devils Garden
The entire loop is 6.8 miles
- Tunnel Arch 0.4miles
- Pine Tree Arch 0.5 miles
- Landscape Arch 1.6 miles
- Partition Arch 2 miles
- Navajo Arch 2 miles
- Double O Arch 2.3 miles
- Dark Angel 2.5 miles
- Private Arch
Lunch: Take a picnic lunch to your favorite viewpoint for a tailgate goodbye to Arches National Park
Afternoon: Drive home
TRAVEL BUREAU INFORMATION
MOAB AREA TRAVEL COUNCIL
25 East Center Street
Moab, UT 84532
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