Ranger-led Programs

Volunteer explaining rock formations

Learn about the park's unique geology from our guides and volunteers

NPS Photo by Andrew Kuhn

 

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.

2015 Programs Offered

Guided Walks
One mile/1.6 km on an easy or moderate trail. Participation is free; no advance registration.

Guided walks are offered most days, morning or afternoon. Check the schedule posted at the visitor center.

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.

April 5 - May 16: 10:00 a.m. tour (reserve online)

May 17 - September 3: 9:00 a.m. tour (reserve online)

Reservations for morning tours fill months in advance.

April 14 - May 16: 2:00 p.m. tour
May 17 - September 3: 4:00 p.m. tour

Tickets for afternoon tours will be sold in person up to seven days in advance. Tours sell out quickly; stop by the visitor center as soon as you arrive in Moab to inquire about the next available spaces.


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.

Age Restrictions

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.

Fees

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

Reservations for morning tours should be made online up to six months in advance and at least four days before the date of the hike. Afternoon tour tickets will be sold in person at the visitor center front desk, up to seven days in advance.

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