Fiery Furnace

Major road construction in the park will limit access to some areas in 2017. The park will remain open during construction, with possible driving delays, and parking and trail closures. Some trails, including the Fiery Furnace, will close for up to four weeks at a time during the project. Read more about 2017 road construction.
 
exploring the Fiery Furnace
Exploring the Fiery Furnace requires stamina, agility, and a good sense of direction.

NPS photo by Andrew Kuhn

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.

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.

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. Everyone in your group must be present when the permit is issued to watch a short orientation video. You can get a permit up to seven days in advance. Permits are valid only from sunrise to sunset on the date specified. We do not issue permits within 30 minutes of visitor center closing. Maximum group size is 10 people per permit. Pets and children under 5 are not allowed.

Ranger-guided hikes and Fiery Furnace permits are for private use only. We do not allow commercial activity in Fiery Furnace. You can find trails approved for commercial use in guided interpretive day hike conditions document. Read more about commercial use.

Permits frequently sell out during the busy season; you may not be reserved or "held" over the phone. The best way to know how many are available is to check in person at Arches Visitor Center.

Fee
Adults (age 13 and older) $6
Children (age 5 to 12) $3
Senior Pass / Access Pass holders 50 percent discount

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.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 907
Moab, UT 84532

Phone:

(435) 719-2299

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