Fiery Furnace Permits

A hiker walks between two tall sandstone rock walls
Permits help ensure Fiery Furnace hikers can experience solitude and wilderness.

NPS photo / Neal Herbert


A different kind of hiking

The Fiery Furnace is a natural labyrinth of narrow passages between towering sandstone walls. To enter the Fiery Furnace, you must accompany a ranger-guided hike or obtain a Self-Guided Exploration permit before your visit.

Hiking in the Fiery Furnace is a different experience from other trails in the park. You may encounter dead ends and it can be easy to get lost. There are small markers for one counter-clockwise route in the Fiery Furnace, but there are many other possible paths, and getting lost is a real possibility. GPS units do not work well due to the towering sandstone walls. Navigating its complex passages requires physical agility and careful observation. To protect the wildlife and plants that inhabit sand dunes and drainages between the rock walls, you will need to choose your steps wisely. We recommend first-time visitors to the Fiery Furnace join a ranger-guided tour or go with someone who has been before.

Read about other hiking opportunities in the park.


Fiery Furnace Permits

If you want to enter the Fiery Furnace on your own, you must obtain the permit online in advance.

  • You must reserve a Self-Guided Fiery Furnace Exploration Permit online from or by calling at 1-877-444-6777. No permits can be reserved in-person.
  • Permits must be reserved online at least two days prior to the trip date, with a max of seven days in advance.
  • Group size is limited to six people and children under age five are not allowed. Pets are prohibited.
  • Fiery Furnace permits are valid for a specified date and for day-use only (sunrise to sunset).
  • All members of the hiking party must be present to watch a required educational video and listen to an orientation talk.
  • Online reserved permits must be picked up either the day before or the day-of only at the Arches Visitor Center during operating hours (Note: the visitor center stops issuing permits one hour prior to closing time).
  • Self-Guided Fiery Furnace Exploration Permits are for private use only; commercial groups are not permitted in the Fiery Furnace. You can find trails approved for commercial use on the Commercial Use Authorizations Conditions page. Read more about commercial use.

Permits frequently sell out quickly during the busy season.

Fiery Furnace Permit Fees

The cost of Self-Guided Fiery Furnace Exploration Permits are:

  • $10 per person.
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Ranger Programs

Take in a ranger program to discover the wonders of Arches National Park.

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Fiery Furnace: Go with a Ranger

We offer ranger-guided hikes into the Fiery Furnace spring through fall. Reservations are required.

Last updated: February 14, 2024

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