Traffic & Travel Tips
To avoid long lines at the entrance gate and parking congestion, plan to arrive early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Late afternoon and evening visits can be the most enjoyable. The lighting is better for photography and viewing the park features, temperatures are cooler, and the parking areas and trails are less crowded.
More than 1.5 million visitors come to Arches National Park each year, and that number is growing. Between March and October, you can expect limited parking at all destinations. Parking at popular trailheads are usually full most of the day.
What time of year is busiest?
From March through October, visitation at Arches is extremely high. These holidays and weekends are especially busy:
What time of day is busiest?
At the entrance station
During high visitation, there may be significant delays entering the park. You may experience long waits at the entrance station, usually between 8 am and noon. Long lines may continue into the afternoon. At peak visitation, your wait can last up to an hour.
We recommend entering the park before 8 am or after noon to avoid the longest lines. You should prepare for a wait in the car. There are no restrooms along the entrance road.
If the entrance road is backed up, you may not stop on UT 191: it is against the law. (Utah Code 41-6a-1401) Come back at another time, or consider visiting other nearby attractions
You can check traffic conditions in the area around Moab and Arches National Park at the Utah Department of Transportation Traffic Site.
Inside the park
Once inside the park, you can expect increased travel times and congestion along the scenic drive. Parking lots may be full between 9 am and 4 pm. Park rangers may be working in parking lots to help you find your way. Please follow their instructions.
Where are the crowds?
When parking lots are full, please remember:
If you do find a parking spot and go for a hike, expect to see a lot of other people on the trail. It is not uncommon for hundreds of people to visit Delicate Arch at sunset.
How can I avoid the crowds?
Last updated: September 25, 2018