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?
Pinyon trees do not produce pine nuts every year. These delicious nuts can only be harvested every three to seven years. This irregular schedule prevents animals from adapting to an abundance of pine nuts and guarantees that at least some nuts will become new trees instead of a quick meal.