Arches National Park: Facts & Information
Arches National Park is located in one of the most beautiful places on earth, eastern Utah. The park is located on the Colorado River just 4 miles north of Moab, Utah. The park is known for containing over 2,000 natural sandstone arches.
Arches National Park was established in 1929 and boasts an area of over 76,000 acres.The park averages about 1,000,000 visitors per year and is a must see destination for hikers, rock climbers, and especially geologists. This is because Arches National Park has unique geological qualities, these qualities are what makes the Arch formations.
For much more detail into these geological formations download the National Park Service Geological PDF
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Activities and Things to Do in Arches National Park
Hiking: Arches National Park contains a variety of hiking trails, many of which are considered easy to moderate. These trails provide access to amazing viewpoints of panoramic views and some arches that are not visible from the road. Some of the trails even travel under arches! For more information about the trails. Arches National Park Trail Hiking Guide
Backpacking: Arches National Park is a smaller national park compared to other western national parks and has little terrain for backpacking. In order to backpack, you must obtain a free backcountry permit at the visitor center.
Remember, when backpacking and camping at Arches National Park backcountry campsites must be:
- at least one mile (1.6 km) from (and out of sight of) designated roads
- at least one-half mile (0.8 km) from (and out of sight of) designated trails
- out of sight of any arch named on a USGS topographical map, and
established before sundown.
To help you navigate the park, see this Arches National Park Map
Photography: Arches National Park has some of the most unique land masses in the world. These, coupled with wide panoramic views, and visibility for miles allows both amateur and professional photographers to capture some unbelievable moments.
As every photographer knows, light levels and vantage points are pivotal to capturing the moment, for a helpful guide to photography in the Moab area click here.
Rock Climbing: The rocks at Arches National Park offer excellent climbing opportunities. Be forewarned, most of the climbing routes in Arches National Park require advanced techniques.
All persons planning to climb the rock formations in Arches National Park are encouraged to register by obtaining a free permit.
Prospective climbers have two options to obtain permits:
- obtain a permit via the on-line reservation system, or
- self-register at the kiosk outside the visitor center.
Weather in Arches National Park
Arches National Park is with a high desert region in the Colorado Plateau, because of this, temperatures can fluctuate daily, sometimes as much as 30+ degrees.
Summer temperatures often exceed 100 F, making strenuous exercise such as long hikes and rock climbing difficult and exhausting. Additionally, Late summer monsoon season usually brings with it violent storm cells. These storm cells can cause flash floods and often do, so be very careful if visiting the park during monsoon season.
Winters are typically cold, with daily highs averaging 30 to 50 F, and lows averaging 0 to 20 F. Large snowfalls are uncommon, except in the nearby mountains, however, even small snowfalls can make local trails and roads impassable at times, so take care if visiting the park in winter as well.
As always, local weather conditions and forecasts are available by phone at (801) 524-5133 (recorded information), and from the National Weather Service online.