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    Arches

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Touring the scenic drive at Arches
Touring the scenic drive at Arches
NPS Photo by Neal Herbert
 

The scenic drive in Arches passes many outstanding natural features. Parking is limited at all destinations, and popular trailheads like Delicate Arch and Devils Garden may fill for hours at a time, especially on weekends and holidays. View the Traffic & Travel Tips page for advice on making the most of your time (and avoiding the crowds).

If you have 1.5 hours
Drive to the Windows Section and see some of the park's largest arches. (Add one-half hour to stroll beneath either North Window or Double Arch.).

Alternatively, drive to the Delicate Arch Viewpoint and see the world's most famous arch, a mile distant. Stop at Wolfe Ranch on your way back and imagine what it would have been like to homestead this relatively barren area in the late 1800s.

If you have 3 hours
Do both of the above.

If you have 4.5 hours
Drive all of the paved park roads, spending ten minutes at each viewpoint, and be sure to visit the Windows Section, Wolfe Ranch and the Delicate Arch Viewpoint.

Four-wheel Driving
There are few roads requiring four-wheel-drive in Arches. To see what's available, view the park map. Please note that off-highway vehicles (ATVs, UTVs, etc.) are prohibited in the park. Read more about park regulations.

Did You Know?

Ed Abbey

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.