• Double O Arch

    Arches

    National Park Utah

Getting Around the Park

Most visits to Arches involve traveling by vehicle along the scenic drive, which provides access to many viewpoints and trailheads.

Parking is limited at all destinations. Popular trailheads like Delicate Arch and Devils Garden may fill for hours at a time, especially on weekends and holidays. Many parking spots can't fit recreational vehicles (RVs) or vehicles with trailers. If you're towing a car, considering driving it instead and leaving the big rig outside the park. For more suggestions on traveling in the park and how to avoid the crowds, visit the Traffic & Travel Tips page.

Below are several alternatives to driving your own car. As part of a transportation planning effort, Arches is currently evaluating the use of alternative transportation methods and a three-year pilot program for a shuttle system to help reduce congestion throughout the park.

ALTERNATIVE TRAVEL OPTIONS

Touring by Bike

A bike path connects the gateway community of Moab with the entrance to Arches, continuing up Highway 191 to Highway 313 (which leads to Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse State Point). There is no dedicated bike lane along the scenic drive in Arches, and high traffic volume (including many large recreation vehicles) makes for a challenging ride. The road shoulder is very narrow and often disappears without warning. If you plan to ride your bike in Arches:

  1. Consider coming early in the morning when there is less traffic.
  2. Exercise caution; most drivers are looking for photo opportunities, not for bicyles.
  3. Some of the narrowest road sections are along the switchbacks above the visitor center. Riders can skip this section by shuttling their bikes to an overlook turnout, where there is usually adequate parking.
  4. Try to avoid riding on busy weekends and holidays during peak season (March through October).

Commercial Tours

Let someone else do the driving and share their knowledge of the park! Several local companies provide guided van tours and hikes in Arches. View the Commercial Tours page for more information.

Shuttles & Taxis

Looking for a ride so you don't have to worry about parking? Local taxi services and shuttles provide drop-off, pick-up service in Arches. For a complete list, visit www.discovermoab.com.

Did You Know?

Graffiti-free Zone

Even though graffiti is prohibited by law, rangers and volunteer groups spend hundreds of hours every year removing it in Arches. Please join us in protecting the park by not leaving your mark. If you discover graffiti in the park, please let us know. Otherwise, make memories, take pictures, but leave no visible trace of your visit. More...