Plan Like a Park Ranger: Top 10 Tips for Visiting Arches

Visitors sit atop a sandstone bowl, taking in the view of Delicate Arch on a Sunny Day.
A trip to Arches can be unforgettable. Plan ahead to make the most of your visit.

NPS / Veronica Verdin

Top 10 Tips

  1. Visiting between April 1 and October 31, 2024? You'll need a Timed Entry Ticket to enter the park between 7 am and 4 pm. Make your reservation in advance at

  2. Pack your Patience. Anticipate crowds and traffic. Arrive on early or later in the day in the off-season, or on time for your Timed Entry Reservation during the Timed Entry Pilot.

  3. Plan out the activities you want to do ahead of time, and always have a backup plan. There are many nearby attractions in the Moab area.

  4. Stay up to date on park conditions and Alerts on our website.

  5. Be ready for the desert. Pack plenty of water and salty snacks. Stay safe by avoiding strenuous activity during midday and afternoon heat.

  6. Know the rules. From lighting up rocks to canyoneering, know what is and isn’t allowed at Arches before you visit.

  7. Leave no trace of your visit, including not marking on rocks.

  8. Leave your pets at home. The desert is a hard place for pets. Dogs and other pets are not allowed on trails in Arches, even when carried.

  9. Camping in Arches is only allowed in a designated campsite, and the campground fills months in advance. Reserve a place to stay before you travel to Moab.

  10. Download the NPS App to discover more during your trip. If printed maps are more your thing, we've got you covered! Print Arches publications while you plan your visit.

Arches National Park

Last updated: January 30, 2024