Getting Around in the Park

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 will be closed for two weeks at a time during the project.
Read more about 2017 road construction.
 

Driving

Most visits to Arches involve traveling by vehicle along the scenic drive, which provides access to many viewpoints and trailheads. There is no shuttle service in the park. Local companies may provide taxi or shuttle service from Moab (see below).

Parking is limited at all destinations. Popular trailheads like Delicate Arch and Devils Garden often fill for hours at a time, especially on weekends and holidays. Many parking spots can't fit recreational vehicles (RVs) or vehicles with trailers. If you're towing a car, considering driving it instead and leaving the big rig outside the park. For more suggestions on traveling in the park and how to avoid the crowds, visit the Traffic & Travel Tips page.

Alternative Travel Options

Touring by Bike

A bike path connects the gateway community of Moab with the entrance to Arches, continuing up US 191 to UT 313 (which leads to Canyonlands National Park and Dead Horse Point State Park). There is no dedicated bike lane along the scenic drive in Arches, and high traffic volume (including many large recreation vehicles) makes for a challenging ride. The road shoulder is very narrow and often disappears without warning. If you plan to ride your bike in Arches:

  • Consider coming early in the morning when there is less traffic.
  • Exercise caution; most drivers are looking for photo opportunities, not for bicyles.
  • Some of the narrowest road sections are along the switchbacks above the visitor center. Riders can skip this section by shuttling their bikes to an overlook turnout, where there is usually adequate parking.
  • Try to avoid riding on busy weekends and holidays during peak season (March through October).

Commercial Tours

Let someone else do the driving and share their knowledge of the park! Several local companies provide guided van tours and hikes in Arches. View the Commercial Tours page for more information.

Shuttles & Taxis

Looking for a ride so you don't have to worry about parking? Local taxi services and shuttles provide drop-off, pick-up service in Arches. For a complete list, visit www.discovermoab.com.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 907
Moab, UT 84532

Phone:

(435) 719-2299

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