Traffic & Travel Tips
Visitation to Arches has climbed steadily for years, reaching one million visitors for the first time in 2010. However, one thing has not changed: the size of the parking lots. Parking is limited at all destinations, and popular trailheads like Delicate Arch and Devils Garden may fill for hours at a time, especially on weekends and holidays.There are a few alternatives to driving your car in Arches, but if you're determined to drive (and hike to Delicate Arch), then this page is for you.
Where the Crowds Are
From March through October, the parking lots at Devils Garden, Delicate Arch/Wolfe Ranch or The Windows may be full anytime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. During these peak hours, expect travel times to be longer than expected along the scenic drive. If you find a parking spot and go for a hike, expect to see a lot of other visitors on the trail. It is not uncommon for hundreds of people to visit Delicate Arch at sunset. The following holidays and weekends are especially busy:
Where (and how) to Park
Planning Your Trip
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.