Home to the World Famous Delicate Arch

Arches National Park

Arches National Park is Mother Nature's evidence of wind, water, and time.

4,085 to 5,653 Feet
Arches National Park is a natural wonder of the United States located in Utah. This gorgeous park is filled with towering red rock formations that have been carved by wind and rain into some of the most amazing sandstone arches imaginable. The park is home to over 2,000 natural stone arches, making it one of the most popular outdoor destinations in the country.


The entire Arches National Park landscape is made up of sedimentary rocks, such as sandstone and limestone, which have been eroded over millions of years by water and wind. The unique red color of the stone comes from a high concentration of iron oxide in the rock. This same iron oxide is also responsible for the vast array of shapes and sizes of the arches found in the park. The park also contains several unique geological features, such as Balanced Rock and Fiery Furnace, which stand as beautiful monuments to Mother Nature's power. Geologically speaking, Arches National Park is a marvel of the natural world.


Arches National Park was established in 1929. Prior to that, the area was a part of the Ute Indian Reservation. The Ute tribes were forced off the land by the US government at the turn of the century, and it wasn't until after World War I that people began to take an interest in the region's unique geology. In the late 1920s, a group of scientists made their way to the area and were amazed by the abundance of natural arches and formations. They quickly organized support for its protection, and in 1929 Arches National Park was established.


The park is home to a wide variety of animals, including bighorn sheep, foxes, porcupines, and several species of birds. Smaller creatures like lizards and rodents are also common in the park. The arches act as natural habitats for these animals, providing shelter from the elements and allowing them to thrive in this unique environment. Visitors to the park may also be lucky enough to spot a few of the larger mammals that inhabit the area, such as bobcats, coyotes, and mule deer. Arches National Park is an amazing place for wildlife lovers to observe and learn about nature.

Planning your trip to Arches national park

A visit to Arches National Park is an experience that no one should miss. The park has something for everyone, from the casual hiker to the extreme adventurer. There are a variety of trails that offer great views and interesting geological features. For those looking for more rugged terrain, there are a number of backpacking trails that traverse the park’s most remote areas. The park also offers camping in designated areas, which can be a great way to immerse yourself in the environment and see all that Arches has to offer. Canyonlands National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, the Colorado River, and the Manti La Sal Mountains are all in close proximity to Arches National Park, and may be considerations to include in your travel experiences.


If you're planning a trip to Arches National Park, there are several lodging options available. Moab, Utah is a great place to find hotels and motels. Visitors can choose from hotels, cabins, and RV parks located near the entrance to the park. There is also camping available within the park itself for those looking for a more rustic experience.


Moab has a variety of dining options to choose from. There are several restaurants in town, ranging from chain restaurants to local favorites. The area also offers food trucks and breweries for those looking for a more casual meal. For visitors staying in the park, there are several picnic areas located throughout. These areas offer great views and feature tables and grills for a true outdoor dining experience.


April - October reservations are required. It is important to check for availability online. There are also several other permits and fees associated with certain activities within the park, such as camping, backcountry hiking, and rock climbing. For more information on these fees, reservation requirements and permits, visitors should check with the park’s visitor center or check the National Park website.


Pets are not allowed on the trails within Arches National Park, but they are welcome in the campgrounds and other developed areas. Visitors should be aware that pets must remain on a leash and cannot disturb wildlife or native vegetation.


Summers are very hot with temperatures above 100 degrees fahrenheit. Spring and fall make an excellent time to visit, the weather is beautiful and the crowds are less. Winter can have some snow but offers an incredible escape from the crowds and can feel like you have the park all to yourself.

National Parks

Bryce Canyon

Learn more

Capitol Reef

Learn more


Learn more

Grand Canyon

Learn more

Great Basin

Learn more

See All

Learn more