Ranger-led Programs

Volunteer explaining rock formations

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


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 change due to weather or other factors. Check at Arches Visitor Center upon arriving for more details.

2015 Programs Offered

November 1-31
Guided Walk
One mile (1.6 km) on an easy or moderate trail.
Free; all ages welcome. No advance registration.
Not offered
Fiery Furnace Hike
Three-hour, strenuous hike that involves rock scrambling.
Tickets are sold up to seven days in advance and are not
available for online reservation.
Tours sell out quickly;
stop by the visitor center to ask about the next available hike.
Offered on these dates:
Saturday 11/21,
Monday 11/23,
Thur, Fri & Sat 11/26-28

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 this three-hour, strenuous 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.

The park introduced increased fees for Fiery Furnace permits on October 1, 2015:

Type of Fiery Furnace Fee Fee
Ranger-led Tour $16/adult
$8/child (age 5-12)
Private Permit $6/adult
$3/child (age 5-12)
$15/annual permit

Obtaining a Ticket

Hikes available for reservation on recreation.gov can be made online up to six months in advance and at least four days before the date of the hike.

Hikes offered first-come, first-served must be reserved in person at the Arches Visitor Center, up to seven days in advance of the hike.

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