Student Information

An illustration of a long, narrow natural arch in front of blue sky and fluffy clouds. Small green plants are growing from rocks in the foreground.
Landscape Arch

© Rick Wheeler


Doing a report on Arches? These student information pages provide a great introduction to the park. Covering animals, plants, rocks, interesting park facts and much more, these pages have everything you need to get your project started.


Arches National Park, for its size, has more natural holes in rocks than anywhere in the world. Over 2,000 arches and windows, as well as many delicately carved pinnacles, spires, and strangely shaped rocks, make up the scenery in this land of red rocks. Delicate Arch is the most well known arch. Landscape Arch, located at Devils Garden, stretches over 300 feet in length and is one of the largest arches in North America. Other interesting places in the park include Courthouse Towers, Balanced Rock, Fiery Furnace, and The Windows Section.

  • two broad stone arches

    Throughout the park, rock layers tell a story of millions of years of deposition, erosion and other geologic events.

  • a deer with short antlers in velvet

    Learn about the different animals that live at Arches.

  • a flower with a yellow center and purplish petals

    Learn about the variety of plants that live at Arches.

  • images of animals drawn on rock
    History and Culture

    Learn about the generations that have called Arches home, and the special places they left behind.

  • a silhouetted arch with the Milky Way arcing overhead
    Environmental Factors

    Various factors including air quality, dark skies, disturbed lands, and exotic species contribute to our experience at Arches.

  • the park newspaper and a Devils Garden trail guide

    Download and print brochures and maps from Arches National Park.



Arches is part of the Colorado Plateau, a "high desert" region that experiences wide temperature fluctuations, sometimes over 40 degrees in a single day. The temperate (and most popular) seasons are spring (April-May) and fall (mid-September-October), when daytime highs average 60 to 80 F and lows average 30 to 50 F. Summer temperatures often exceed 100 F, making strenuous exercise difficult. Winters are cold, with highs averaging 30 to 50 F, and lows averaging 0 to 20 F.


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    Last updated: July 3, 2021

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