Visiting in Winter

two red rock pinnacles in a snowy landscape
Balanced Rock in the snow.

NPS/Neal Herbert

 

Winter at Arches is a peaceful time, without the crowds or scorching heat that can plague summertime visits. Ice, snow, and reduced park operations, however, can provide their own challenges for winter visitors.

Activities

 
A tent in the snow
Devils Garden Campground is open year-round.

NPS/Neal Herbert

Camping

Between November and February, there are 25 sites at Devils Garden Campground, first-come, first-served. There are restrooms and drinking water at the campground. You can purchase firewood at Arches Visitor Center bookstore.

NOTE: The campground will be closed March 1 - October 31, 2017, for a major construction project.

 
a snowplow on a snowy road
A snowplow clears the road just past the park entrance.

NPS/Neal Herbert

Road Conditions

After a snowfall, the park road might be closed for several hours for plowing. Park roads, parking lots, and pullouts can still be icy, especially in shaded areas. Check at the visitor center for the latest information on road conditions.

What about roads outside the park?
Check the Utah Road Weather Forecast or call 1-866-511-UTAH (8824) for road conditions outside the park.

 
two hikers walk on a sloping, icy trail
Shady trails, like the one to Delicate Arch (shown here), can be icy through early spring.

NPS Photo

Trail Conditions

Most hiking trails remain open year-round. After a snowfall, popular trails like Delicate Arch quickly become slippery from packed snow and ice. We recommend traction devices and trekking poles. Drifting snow can cover trail markers, making even "easy" trails harder to follow. You can see updated photographs of trail conditions at the visitor center.

 

Weather

Winters are cold, with highs averaging 30 to 50 F (-1 to 10 C), and lows averaging 0 to 20 F (-17 to -6 C). Though large snowfalls are uncommon (except in nearby mountains), even small amounts of snow or ice can make local trails and roads impassable.

Read more about weather.

Get a seven-day forecast for the Arches area.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 907
Moab, UT 84532

Phone:

(435) 719-2299

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