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Arches National Park

Arches National Park became a National Monument in 1929. It received its National Park status in 1971.

The park contains the world's largest concentration of arches. There are over 2,000 arches located within the Park. These vary in size from small openings to hundreds of feet.

Park regulations have long banned climbing on the arches, and they have recently updated all their regulations to make the rules enforceable. Approved recreational activities include auto touring, backpacking, biking, camping, and hiking, some of which require permits. There are also guided commercial tours and ranger programs.

Delicate Arch: is a 3 miles round trip hike. It is a very beautiful arch that is well worth the effort to see. There is a viewpoint for those who do not wish to hike, but you won't get very good photos, since the iconic photos are taken at the end of the hiking trail.

Double Arch: Easy hike through some sand to a double arch. About 1/2 mile in each direction.

North and South Windows: Easy hike to a pair of large arches that look like windows.

Turret Arch: Close to North and South Windows. Large arch.

Fiery Furnace: A maze of narrow sandstone canyons and fins. There are no trails. It is very easy to get lost. A Ranger guided hike through the fiery furnace is recommended. There is some exposure, so don't plan on this hike if you are scared of heights.

Balanced Rock: Short easy hike. Visible from road.

Sand Dune Arch: Easy short hike through fins and sand to an arch.

Broken Arch: 1.2-1.3 mile hike roundtrip across open grassland.

Skyline Arch: Short easy hike. Visible from road.

Tunnel Arch: Easy hike approx .4-.6 miles roundtrip

Pinetree Arch: Easy hike approx .4-.6 miles roundtrip

Landscape Arch: 1.6 miles roundtrip. This gained national attention when a 60 foot section of the arch collapsed. It is now thinner than when it was before. Navajo, Wall, and Partition Arches are further down but close by.

Double O Arch: Consists of 1 large arch on top of a much smaller one. Trail can be a bit difficult in places. 4.0-4.5 miles roundtrip. Dark Angel Arch is further on.

Tower Arch: 3.4 miles roundtrip. This is an isolated arch.

Since summer temperatures here can easily exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit, it is strongly suggested that visitors carry at least a gallon of water (3.78 liters) per person per day.

Arches has a unique soil that is alive. It is composed of fungi, lichen, algae, and cyanobacteria. Please stay on the trails at all times to protect the delicate surface of the soil.

Location: Arches National Park is located just North of Moab, Utah on the east side of Highway 191.


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