|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.
Places To Go
Arches Visitor Center
Rangers are available at the visitor center to help you plan your visit to Arches. They can provide information on places to see, hiking trails, ranger programs, and current conditions. You'll also find exhibits, restrooms, drinking water, a park film, and a bookstore. Hours vary by season.
La Sal Mountains Viewpoint
Enjoy a 360-degree view from a relatively flat sandstone bench. See the La Sal Mountains to the east and distinctive formations like the Three Gossips, Sheep Rock, and the Organ in the Courthouse Towers area. Look to the horizon for a view of Balanced Rock and the Windows Section.
A huge sandstone boulder perched on a narrow pedestal seems to defy gravity. View Balanced Rock from the parking lot, or take a short 0.3-mile (0.5 km) trail around its base. Note how the shape and size of Balanced Rock seem to change with every step. Picnic tables are located across the road from the parking area.
You can see the world's most famous natural arch from the Delicate Arch Viewpoint. Trails ranging from easy to moderate provide views of the arch. A difficult trail leads all the way to the arch itself. These trails can be very crowded. You can see historic features like Wolfe Ranch and a rock art panel nearby.
An extensive network of trails, easy to difficult, begins in the Devils Garden area. You can take an easy hike to Landscape Arch, North America's longest arch, or continue on a longer, more strenuous hike to see five more arches on the primitive loop. Other nearby trails lead to Sand Dune Arch and Skyline Arch. The Devils Garden Campground and the picnic area are open year round. Water is available.