NPS photo by Neal Herbert
Arches National Park welcomes people with disabilities. The information about specific facilities and services provided below may help you better plan your visit. If a particular service or issue is not mentioned below, such as alternate formats for print materials, audio description, assistive listening, captions, or physical access to particular facilities, programs or services, please contact the park.
U.S citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities qualify for the Interagency Access Pass, which provides free or discounted access to over 2,000 Federal recreation sites. More...
The following facilities and destinations are ADA-compliant:
The following trails are considered barrier-free*:
* Barrier-free trails may contain minor obstacles, steeper grades and temporary washouts.
Deaf/Hearing Loss Accessibility
For visitors with hearing impairments, a variety of publications may be obtained at the visitor center, and all audio-visual programs are closed-captioned. Wayside exhibits with illustrations and text on natural and cultural features are situated throughout the park and in the visitor center.
Blind/Low Vision Accessibility
Visitor center exhibits include audio recordings and tactile models, rock samples, and maps that may be touched. An audio tour of the park's scenic road is available for purchase or rental at the bookstore. Recorded descriptions of exhibits or waysides are not available.
Service animals are allowed in national parks. For a definition of a service animal, please go to www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm.
Service animals are permitted everywhere at Arches. Owners are encouraged to identify their working service animal, such as with a vest. Identification is not required, but helps prevent unwarranted "dog on trail" complaints from other visitors. There are no plastic bags provided at trailheads for waste products, so please bring your own.
Caution! The desert can be deadly for pets. Car temperatures rise quickly in the sun, even on cool days. Your pet can easily die of heat exhaustion. If you are leaving a pet in a car, crack the windows as much as possible and leave water to drink. We recommend you not leave pets in the car at all when the outside temperature exceeds 68 degrees, even with the windows cracked.
Did You Know?
Edward Abbey worked as a seasonal park ranger at Arches in the late 1950s. His 1968 memoir of this experience, "Desert Solitaire," has become a classic of desert literature.