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    Arches

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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.

2014 Programs Offered

Evening Programs
45-minute illustrated program at Devils Garden Campground Amphitheater. Attendance is free. Topics change nightly.

April 4 - 6:
Program begins at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening.

April 11 - May 3: Nightly programs begin at 8:30 p.m.

May 4- August 23: Nightly programs begin at 9:00 p.m.

August 24 - September 6: Nightly programs begin at 8:30 p.m.

September 7 - September 20: Nightly programs begin at 8:00 p.m.


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

March 19 - June 15: Daily walks at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Check visitor center for location.

June 16 - 26: Daily walks at 3:00 p.m. only starting at Courthouse Towers Viewpoint.

June 27 - September 6: Daily walks at 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Check visitor center for location.
NOTE: 3:00 p.m. hikes will be canceled on days with extreme heat. Check at 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.

March 2 - March 15:
Tours may be offered as weather and staffing allow; check in person at the visitor center

March 15 - May 17:
Tours at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., all tickets reservable online

May 18 - June 7:
Tours at 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., all tickets reservable online

June 8 - September 6:
Tours at 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., all tickets reservable online

September 7 - October 25:
Tours at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., all tickets reservable online

October 26 - November 29:
Tour schedule variable. Tickets sold at the visitor center only.

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

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.

Did You Know?

Pine Tree Arch

There are over 2,000 cataloged arches in Arches National Park. In order to be considered an arch, an opening must measure at least three feet (in any direction).