Ranger-led Programs

A ranger with a group of people on a guided hike
Learn about the park's unique geology from our guides and volunteers

NPS/Andrew Kuhn


Road construction will cause significant travel impacts in 2017.

Review updates on 2017 road construction here.

Because the construction timeline is subject to frequent change, we cannot offer advance reservations for ranger-led Fiery Furnace hikes in 2017. Read more below about how you can get tickets for Fiery Furnace hikes.

All ranger program schedules may change. Check at Arches Visitor Center for more details.


Ranger Programs

Rangers and volunteers offer a variety of interpretive programs every day, spring through fall. Program types, times, and locations vary throughout the year and may change due to weather or other factors. Check at Arches Visitor Center upon arriving for more details.

Program Schedule
Guided Walk, Daily
One mile (1.6 km) on an easy or moderate trail; 45-60 minutes.
Free; all ages welcome. No advance registration.
Meet at Courthouse Towers.
Guided walks resume
in spring 2018.
Fiery Furnace Hikes, Daily
Loop hike that is physically demanding.
You must get tickets in advance at Arches Visitor Center.
We will offer at least one hike per day. (See description below.)
most days October 1-25
1:30 pm Loop Hike
Evening Program, Daily
45-60 minutes
Free; all ages welcome. No advance reservation.
Evening programs resume
in summer 2018.
Special Events
Check the Calendar for other events.

Fiery Furnace Hikes


No Fiery Furnace Reservations in 2017

The Fiery Furnace area will close at some point during a park-wide road construction project this year. Because the construction timeline is subject to frequent change, we cannot offer advance reservations for ranger-led Fiery Furnace hikes in 2017. Instead, we will sell all hike tickets in person at Arches Visitor Center. You can purchase tickets first-come, first-served up to seven days in advance. We apologize for the inconvenience.


Rangers lead two different tours through the Fiery Furnace: a 2.5-hour loop hike and a slightly shorter, less physically demanding out-and-back hike.

What should I expect?

Everyone attending a Fiery Furnace hike should be aware of the challenging nature of the terrain and properly equipped for current conditions, including temperature extremes. During these physically demanding hikes, you will walk and climb on irregular and broken sandstone, along narrow ledges above drop-offs, and in loose sand. There are gaps you must jump across and narrow places that you must squeeze into and pull yourself up and through. In some places, you must hold yourself off the ground by pushing against the sandstone walls with your hands and feet.

Due to the maze-like nature of the terrain, all participants must complete the hike once they enter the Fiery Furnace.

To better judge the hikes' difficulty, you can watch a video or view a photo gallery.

You must wear good hiking shoes or boots that have gripping soles. No sandals or high heeled shoes are allowed. Each person must carry at least one quart or liter of water. You should stow water and other gear in a backpack so that your hands are free to help navigate the terrain. Tripods are not recommended.

Age Restrictions

Due to the terrain's difficulty, we do not allow children under 5 years of age on either hike. An adult must accompany all children aged 12 and under.

How much are tickets?

Type of Program Fee
Ranger-led Loop Hike $16/adult
$8/child (age 5-12)
Ranger-led Out-and-Back Hike $10/adult
$5/child (age 5-12)

How do I get a ticket?

In 2017, all tickets are available first-come, first-served.

  • You can get tickets in person at Arches Visitor Center, up to seven days in advance of the hike. You may not reserve tickets over the phone.

Last updated: October 3, 2017

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PO Box 907
Moab, UT 84532


(435) 719-2299

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