• Double O Arch

    Arches

    National Park Utah

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  • Delicate Arch Viewpoint Inaccessible

    Wolfe Ranch and the hiking trail to Delicate Arch are open, but flood waters and mud have blocked the road to Delicate Arch Viewpoint.

  • Safety in Bear Country

    Black bears have been seen near Devils Garden Campground. Don't lure or feed them. Dispose of trash in designated receptacles; don't leave it in bags or other soft containers. Store food in vehicles or hard containers when not being prepared or consumed. More »

People

Today people visit Arches for the views and trails. Those who came before sought many other things: wealth, adventure, solitude, or a home. Learn more about a handful of characters in the human story of Arches.

 

Prehistoric People
Countless generations of native Americans crossed these sandstone landscapes.

 

Traders & Settlers
Others came in pursuit of pelts, ore, scientific knowledge, and good grazing lands.

 

Park Founders
How a local newspaper editor and a local doctor teamed up to create one of the country's most popular national parks.

 

Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC)
Like many NPS units, Arches benefitted from the hard work of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

 

Bates Wilson
Arches was transformed by this former superintendent.

 

Edward Abbey
This author gave a voice to the desert, through not all agree with what he said.

 

Arch Hunters
Who mapped most of the park's namesake features?

Did You Know?

Pine Tree Arch

There are over 2,000 cataloged arches in Arches National Park. In order to be considered an arch, an opening must measure at least three feet (in any direction).