Plan Your Visit
Plan on spending at least a few hours in the park, exploring the scenic drive and several of the viewpoints and short trails. View the Traffic & Travel Tips page for advice on making the most of your time.
If time permits, longer hikes lead to many spectacular rock formations, including Delicate Arch, and the Devils Garden Campground provides an excellent base camp for multi-day trips. Also, consider attending a ranger-led program to learn more about this special place. Guided walks and/or evening programs occur daily, March through October.
Extreme temperatures and intense sunlight make the desert a challenging place. Study the weather before your visit, and come prepared to meet the challenge.
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.