At the top half of the page is a photograph with the caption “Turret Arch”. This photograph shows Turret Arch with its vibrant rust-and- orange tones contrasted against a dusky blue sky. From the perspective of the photograph, the arch opening is centered in the rock formation and shaped like an upside-down tear drop. To the right of the main opening is a much smaller oval opening, about a quarter the size. The right side of the arch is a vertical rock tower that tapers toward the top. A bright white-and- grey full moon is low in the sky to the left of the arch. Visitors at the base of the arch are dwarfed by its magnitude.
At the bottom left hand corner of the page is a photograph with the caption “Double Arch”. This photograph shows Double Arch, an impressive pair of arches towering above the low angle of the camera lens. The massive tan and faded orange rock formations stretch across the bright blue sky. From the perspective of the photograph, one arch with a wide opening frames a second arch with a stocky top further in the distance. Dark orange vertical stripes appear to drip down the left part of the rock formation and a shadow is cast on the right half of the photograph.
Arches National Park is a great family park. The striking scenery is visible from a car, but the aura of time, silence, and scale may elude you unless you also walk the trails. Stop at the visitor center to watch the orientation film, see the exhibits, and browse the publications and gift shop. A self-guiding booklet and audio tour are available. In season, naturalists lead Fiery Furnace walks; make reservations and pay fees online at recreation.gov. Ask about other ranger-guided programs or privately operated tours. There is no food or lodging in the park, but Moab offers full visitor services.
Devils Garden Campground, open all year, has 52 sites and centrally located flush toilets and water. Two group sites (tents only, no RVs) are for groups of 11 or more. Reservations for individual sites and both group sites must be made on-line March-October at recreation.gov. at least four days in advance. Visit www.nps.gov/arch or call the park information line at 435-719- 2299.
Major Trails Trail distances are round-trip, unless otherwise noted. Trails are listed from south to north. Balanced Rock is a loop trail that is 0.3 mi or 0.5 km. It is an easy walk around the base of Balanced Rock and is wheelchair accessible.
North and South Window and Turret Arch can be viewed by a short loop trail that is 0.6 miles or 1.1 km.
Double Arch is a 0.8 mi/1.2 km trail. It is an easy trail through some loose sand for a view of a spectacular arch.
Delicate Arch is a 3.0 mi/4.8 km trail. There is an elevation gain of 480 feet or 146 meters. There is no shade on the trail; take at least 1 quart of water per person! The trail crosses open slick-rock with some exposure to heights. This trail is best at sunset.
Delicate Arch Viewpoint provides a view of Delicate Arch from across a small canyon. There is no access to the arch from this trail.
Landscape Arch is a 1.6 mi/2.6 km trail. The trail is moderately easy with some elevation gain, and has a gravel surface. This trail allows for short side trips to Tunnel and Pine Tree arches.
Tower Arch is a 3.4 mi/5.5 km trail. It is moderately difficult in the remote section of Klondike Bluffs. The trail has some sand and elevation changes.
Travel Information for Your Enjoyment and Safety
The park visitor center offers brochures, hiking and driving guides, books, topographic maps, park conditions reports, and a ranger activity schedule. Service animals are welcome. For firearms regulations see the park website or ask a ranger.
At the top of the page is a photograph with the caption “Three Gossips and Courthouse Towers”. This photograph shows the Three Gossips and Courthouse Towers, a series of tall, vertical rock walls in the foreground of a desert canyon. The vibrant, rust-orange tones of the rock are contrasted against a blue and pink sky stretching out over the canyon. Massive rock formations on the left are topped with vertical towers. Horizontal cracks stretch across the rock features.
For Your Safety
Daytime temperatures here can reach 110°F (43°C) during the summer months. Carry and drink at least 1 gallon (4 liters) of water per person per day. Heat and dehydration can be fatal.
Roads are narrow and winding. Don't stop in the road to sightsee. Use pull-outs and viewpoints, and stay on designated roads. Watch for pedestrians and bicyclists. Keep a safe passing distance (3 feet/1 meter minimum).
Bicycles are allowed only on designated roads, not on trails or in the backcountry. Ride single file.
Sandstone crumbles and breaks easily. Remember, it’s easier to climb up than down; don’t get stranded. Rock climbing is permitted, but prohibited on all arches and some features. Check website for current closures.
Flash floods can occur without warning. Never camp in a dry wash or drive across a flooded area.
Stay on trails or walk on rock or in drainages to protect the fragile biological soil crust. This delicate, ecologically vital community is the basis of desert life.
The visitor center and its restrooms are accessible. Contact the park about accessibility on trails, at restrooms, and in the campground.
All federal and state laws are strictly enforced. Everything in the park (plants, animals, rocks, and cultural resources) is protected by law and must be left undisturbed. No hunting or shooting is permitted. Gathering wood is prohibited. Bring fuel for grills, which are provided. Carry out all trash, even cigarette butts.
Pets are allowed only on paved park roads, parking lots, or in your campsite, and must be physically restrained at all times. Pets are not permitted on or off trails, in the backcountry, or in buildings. CAUTION: unattended pets in vehicles on warm days can quickly die from heat exhaustion.
Backcountry overnight hikers must get permits at the visitor center. There are no designated backcountry trails or campsites. Low-impact camping techniques are essential. You must carry your water. No fires allowed.
For More Information You can write to Arches National Park at P.O. Box 907 Moab, Utah 84532-0907 You can also call 435-719- 2299 (voice) or by TTY at 435-719- 2319
Or visit the website at www.nps.gov/arch
Arches National Park is one of over 400 parks in the National Park System. To learn more about national parks and programs in America’s communities, visit www.nps.gov
An insert within this brochure includes the following information on federal gun regulations: In 2010, Congress approved a law allowing loaded firearms in national parks. That means people can carry legal handguns, rifles, shotguns and other firearms, and also may carry concealed guns as allowed by state statute. However, there are many important restrictions on the transportation and use of guns under state and federal laws. Although it is now legal to carry loaded guns in national parks, guns cannot be fired except in rare circumstances. Hunting is illegal in most national parks except under special permits. Target practice also is banned. For national security reasons, guns cannot be carried into federal facilities within national parks. Notice of this rule will be clearly displayed outside all federal facilities. It is illegal in most states to carry a gun while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs. Federal law applies state law to the possession of guns in national parks. Because some national parks are in more than one state, the laws governing firearms may change depending on your location within that park. It is your responsibility to understand individual state laws and to know which state you are in when in a multi-state national park. State laws governing guns vary widely. In most states, for example, you must be at least 18 years old. Depending on the state, guns may not be allowed on shuttle buses or boats, and a permit may be required to carry concealed guns. It is your responsibility to know and understand what laws apply. It also is your responsibility to ensure guns are stored safely. Other weapons such as bows, swords, and pellet or BB guns remain prohibited by the National Park Service.