Park guides and volunteers offer a variety of interpretive programs every day, spring through fall. Program types, times, and locations vary throughout the year and are subject to last-minute change due to weather or other factors. Check at the Arches Visitor Center upon arriving for more details.
2014 Programs OfferedEvening Programs
45-minute illustrated program at Devils Garden Campground Amphitheater. Attendance is free. Topics change nightly.
Evening programs have ended for the 2014 season.
One mile/1.6 km on an easy or moderate trail. Participation is free; no advance registration.
Guided walks have ended for the 2014 season.
Fiery Furnace Tours
Three-hour, strenuous hike offered during the busy season. Tickets must be obtained in advance for a fee. Please see full description below.
November 22, 27, 28 & 29:
Tours offered at noon; tickets sold in person at the visitor center up to 7 days in advance.
Everyone attending a Fiery Furnace tour should be aware of the demanding nature of this hike and properly equipped for current conditions, including temperature extremes. During the hike, participants must walk and climb on irregular and broken sandstone, along narrow ledges above drop-offs, and in loose sand. There are gaps which must be jumped and narrow places that you must squeeze into and pull yourself up and through. In some of these places, you must hold yourself off the ground by pushing against the sandstone walls with your hands and feet. Due to the maze-like nature of the terrain, all participants are committed to completing the hike once they enter the Fiery Furnace. To better judge the hike's difficulty, you can watch a video or view a photo gallery.
All participants must wear good hiking shoes or boots that have gripping soles. No sandals or high heeled shoes are allowed. Each person must carry at least one quart or liter of water. Water and other gear should be stowed in a backpack so that hands are free to be used to navigate the terrain.
Due to the tour's difficulty and length, children under five years of age are not permitted. Children twelve and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Tickets cost $10 for adults (13 and older); $5 for children (5 through 12); $5 for Interagency Senior Pass holders; and $5 for Interagency Access Pass holders.
Obtaining a Ticket
Tickets are sold at the front desk only during late fall (November) and early spring (late-February to early-March), or when cancellations occur (which is rare). Reservations for main-season tours should be made online at www.recreation.gov, up to six months in advance and at least four days before the date of the hike. Most tours sell out several months before the scheduled tour date.