Boasting more than 2,000 natural stone arches, along with geographical wonders like balancing rocks and pinnacles of stone, Arches National Park is a prime target for outdoorsy-types in eastern Utah. Nestling the Colorado River, the park contains over 2,000 naturally-formed sandstone arches, chief among them the legendary and often-photographed Delicate Arch. Hiking trails of varying difficulty levels and inclines abound.
To stand beneath what is likely the most famous natural arch on earth, hike up the Delicate Arch Trail from Wolfe Ranch. Enjoy the Tapestry Arch and element-sculpted sandstone formations by heading up to Sand Dune Arch and across the fields to Broken Arch. A ranger-guided hike through the Fiery Furnace area is available for those with a bit of hiking experience and a signature at the visitor center beforehand.
Individual entrance fees are $5 (good for seven days and applicable to motorcycles, bicycles and walk-ins). Vehicle entrance fees are $10 (which includes all occupants of a single, non-commercial vehicle). The Southeast Utah Group Annual Pass is $25, is good for one year, and includes entrance to Arches, Hovenweep, Natural Bridges, and Canyonlands.
Best time to visit
The park is open year-round, but for the facilities schedule, click here.
Near by POI
A National Historic Landmark since 1968, Desolation Canyon has the legendary status of being one of the most remote areas in the lower 48 states. Castleton Tower is 400 feet of Wingate Sandstone perched atop another thousand feet of earth, and beckons both rock climbers and photographers with its dramatic profile.