Go on your own
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 hiking permit at the visitor center. Hiking in the Fiery Furnace is a different experience from other trails in the park. There are few trail markers, you may encounter dead ends, and it can be easy to get lost.
Fiery Furnace Permits
If you want to enter the Fiery Furnace without the ranger-guided hike, you must obtain a hiking permit at Arches Visitor Center during regular business hours. 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.
Permits frequently sell out during the busy season. The best way to know how many are available is to check in person at Arches Visitor Center.
For $15, you can purchase a Fiery Furnace annual pass, which waives the permit fee and video-watching requirement for pass holders for one calendar year.
Last updated: July 16, 2019