Arches National Park, located in Utah, is home to the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches. Sometimes referred to as a red-rock wonderland, Arches boasts a wide variety of geological formations. With giant sandstone fins, massive balanced rocks, huge pinnacles, and spires, and breathtaking sunsets, there is sure to be something to amaze each visitor in your party. Check out these various ways you can enjoy Arches National Park, whether stopping by for a day or planning to stay and relax for a few.
Ways to Enjoy Arches National Park
Arches offer a healthy balance of hiking trails. It caters to both avid hikers looking for longer lesser beaten paths and day hikers. Also, families looking for a relaxing and scenic walk. Some of the hiking trails offer short 20-30 minute walks, leading right to some of the largest arches in the park. Other trails are for more adventurous hikers with experience. These take them through more remote areas of the park and averaging four hours. There are nine trails designated as easy hikes. They designate two trails as moderate and three trails as difficult. It offers a wide range of options for families, groups, and single hikers.
While they encourage hiking as it is a favorite pass-time for many Arches visitors, the park does ask that you stay on the hiking trails. The soil crust that makes up Arches National Park and many other desert locations, known as cryptobiotic soil, is made up of various living organisms. Maintaining this block, knobby crust is vital to keeping the desert’s ecosystem balanced, and this soil is fragile and sensitive. Footsteps can damage the crust for years and make a lasting impact on the ecosystem. So Arches Park rangers ask that visitors stay on the marked trails and stay away from areas where hiking trails are not established.
Camping at Arches National Park is popular. If you want to set up your base-camp and stay for a few days of hiking and exploring we recommend you book your trip with plenty of advance notice. The Devils Garden Campground is located about eighteen miles from Arches Park entrance. And it is open all year-round. The campsites here include potable water, picnic tables, campsite grills, and flushing toilets. There are no showers offered and campers must bring their own wood or charcoal for the grills. They offer campsites that can accommodate RVs up to 30 feet in length, as well as tent sites.
You can reserve your campsite up to six months in advance. If you plan to visit between March 1st and October 31st. Sites are usually booked and full months in advance. So we recommend you book at least 90 days prior to your trip. Between November 1st and February 28th, all the campsites at Devil’s Garden are first-come, first-serve. Early risers and arrivers have the advantage here. And again the sites tend to fill up fast. However, if Devil’s Garden is full there are other campgrounds in the Moab area you can try.
If you don’t have time to settle in for a few days at Arches, or even a half day for a good hike, there is also a beautiful scenic drive that many visitors enjoy when passing through. This scenic drive is 36 miles, round trip, and allows you take in many of the beautiful rock formations and expansive views of the surrounding deserts right from the comfort of your own vehicle.
For more information on Arches National Park and help on planning your next trip, contact Goss RV; we are here to help you start your journey!