Basic Information

a distant view of a red rock wall with large arches in it
The Windows from a distance

NPS/Jacob W. Frank


Welcome to Arches


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.

Entrance Fees:

Private Vehicle Fee - $30.00

Admits one private, non-commercial vehicle (15 passenger capacity or less) and all its occupants.

Motorcycle Fee - $25.00

Admits a private, non-commercial motorcycle and its riders.

Per Person - $15.00

Admits one individual with no car. Typically used for bicyclists, hikers, and pedestrians. Youth 15 and under are admitted free.

Entrance Passes:

Southeast Utah Parks Pass - $55.00

Valid for one year through the month of purchase. Admits one (1) private, non-commercial vehicle or its pass holder to Arches and Canyonlands national parks, and Natural Bridges National Monument.

Arches Visitor Center

The visitor center is open every day except December 25. Rangers are on duty to answer your questions. You can learn about the park with exhibits, a park movie, and a bookstore. Restrooms and drinking water are available.

Plan on spending at least a few hours in the park, exploring the scenic drive and several of the viewpoints and short trails. If time permits, longer hikes lead to many spectacular rock formations, or consider attending a ranger-led program to learn more about this special place. Guided walks and/or evening programs occur daily, spring through fall.

Operating Hours & Seasons
Park and visitor center hours for different times of the year.

Fees & Passes
Find out what park fees you should expect during your visit.

Permits & Reservations
Obtain permits for certain activities, or reserve a tour or campsite.

Traffic & Travel Tips
Get suggestions for how to avoid the most crowded times of year (or day).

Weather in the high desert can be changeable; prepare for a wide range of conditions.

Activities with pets at Arches are very limited.

Few goods and services are available within the park, but the town of Moab is only ten minutes away.

Arches has a 50-site campground. There are also many campgrounds in the area around the park.

Last updated: March 24, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 907
Moab, UT 84532


(435) 719-2299

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