Traffic & Travel Tips
To avoid long lines at the entrance gate and parking congestion, plan to arrive between 7 and 8 am or between 3 and 5 pm, or even earlier/later on weekends when the park remains open. 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 1.4 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 like The Windows, Delicate Arch, and Devils Garden are usually full most of the day.
There are a few alternatives to driving your car in Arches, but if you're planning to drive, then this page is for you.
When the Park is Busiest
From March through October, visitation at Arches is extremely high. These holidays and weekends are especially busy:
Entering the Park
During high visitation, there may be significant delays entering the park, and once inside, you can expect increased travel times and congestion along the scenic drive. Long lines may form at the entrance gate. If the entrance road is backed up, you may not stop on the highway: 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.
You can check these webcams to see current conditions on the Arches entrance road.
Where the Crowds Are
Parking lots at popular trailheads and viewpoints such as Devils Garden, Delicate Arch, and The Windows are usually full between 9 am and 4 pm.
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 to Avoid the Crowds
Last updated: September 14, 2017