The Ultimate Guide To Arches National Park
Located in Moab, Utah, Arches National Park is simply enchanting! The park contains the highest density of natural arches in the entire world, more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches. Including beautiful red rock formations, painted canyons, views of snow-capped peaks, and the breathtaking view of the world-famous natural arch – the Delicate Arch (Olympic torch relay for the 2002 Winter Olympics passed through this arch). The Arches National Park is a must-see in Utah.
Address: GPS Lat: 38.620195, Long: -109.617398, Entrance Fee: $25 Per non-commercial, private vehicle
Must See Places in Arches National Park
Even though you could traverse the park by yourself, I highly recommend taking one of the guided tours offered by the Moab Adventure Center. We had limited time but wanted to see most of the park, we thoroughly enjoyed the sunset discovery tour, with hotel pick-up and drop-off. It’s a well narrated and a well-paced tour of the Arches National Park. Note – This is not a paid article, and I am recommending the Moab Adventure Center purely based on the great service we received during our tour.
Balanced Rock: Simply magical, this unique rock formation caused due to soil erosion, 128 feet high, with the balancing rock rising around 50 feet above the base.
The Windows: These are parallel arches formed in the broad sandstone; located within a short walk from the trailhead, you could explore the Windows and Turret Arch, located quite close to each other.
Devils Garden: It’s a moderately strenuous hike, about 7 miles roundtrip, offering spectacular views of some eight arches. If you have time, this is a lovely area to explore.
Sand Dune Arch: A short and sandy hike brings you to the Sand Dune Arch, it’s ideal if you don’t have much time but still want to hike one of the trails in the park.
Delicate Arch: This is a 52-foot-tall natural arch formation and is the most celebrated, photographed, and is the iconic landmark in the entire Arches National Park. The 2002 Winter Olympic torch relay passed through this arch. The trail to Delicate Arch is 3 miles roundtrip and is fairly strenuous with no shade. I wouldn’t suggest doing this hike with kids during the summer months. Instead, there are few excellent viewing points, just bring a pair of binoculars.
Landscape Arch: It is the longest and thinnest arch in the park. One immediately starts wondering how long will this hold-up, especially after noticing the narrow sections of the arch and the fallen rocks on the ground that were once part of the Landscape Arch. The trail to Landscape Arch is mostly flat and is about 1.6 miles round trip.
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