TRIP IDEA

Visit Arches from the Road

Arches National Park

a tan car drives on a road with rock walls and pinnacles in the background
Duration Half Day
Topic(s) Geology, Arches, Ancient Seas, Archeology, Canyons and Canyonlands, Night Sky, Astronomy, Rock Landscapes and Features, Trails
Activities Hiking, Museum Exhibits, Scenic Driving
Type Relaxed, Outdoors, Road Trip
Parks Arches National Park

a red truck drives a road with a stone arch in the background
Many arches are visible from the park scenic drive.

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Short on time? Don't want to hike?

If you don't have the time or ability to hike during your visit to Arches National Park, don't worry! There are many famous arches and rock formations visible from the park's scenic drive. You can see arches from the road or with a short walk.

You can do this trip in just a few hours. Take a look at these places you can visit within 100 yards of the paved road. These sites are listed in order from the park entrance.

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Museum Exhibits
    • Pets: No
    • Duration: 15–60 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day
    a red stone building with sculptures of animals in front

    Stop at the visitor center to plan your visit, fill your water bottle, learn about the park, and view the park movie.

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    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Scenic Driving
    • Pets: Yes with Restrictions
    • Location: La Sal Mountains Viewpoint
    • Duration: 5–20 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    rock walls and formations illuminated by the rising sun

    La Sal Mountains Viewpoint is a short distance inside the park entrance. It offers a spectacular view of red rock formations and distant mountains.

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    Stroll to Balanced Rock

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: Balanced Rock
    • Duration: 15–30 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    a tall boulder sits on a stone pedestal

    Balanced Rock, one of the most iconic features in the park, stands a staggering 128 feet tall. The huge sandstone boulder perched on a narrow pedestal seems to defy gravity. Take a short 0.3-mile (0.5 km) trail around its base. Note how the shape and size of Balanced Rock seem to change with every step.

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    Explore The Windows

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Location: The Windows Section
    • Duration: 15–60 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    two massive stone arches connected in the middle

    The Windows Section contains a large concentration of arches and is one of the most scenic locations in the park. Take an easy trail to view North Window, South Window, and Turret Arch.

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    Visit Delicate Arch Viewpoint

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Duration: 5–30 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Day, Dawn, Dusk
    a stone arch with green tree branches

    A flat accessible trail leads to the lower viewpoint. A longer, moderately strenuous trail climbs steeply 0.5 mile (0.8 km) to the upper viewpoint, separated from Delicate Arch by a canyon.

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    Visit Skyline Arch

    • Activity Fee: No (Entrance fees may apply)
    • Reservations: No
    • Activity: Hiking
    • Pets: No
    • Duration: 10–20 Minutes
    • Season: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
    • Time of Day: Any Time
    an arch in a high rock wall

    Take a short, out-and-back hike to an arch in a high rock wall. See evidence of the arch's changing nature at the rock pile at the end of the trail.

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Last updated: June 21, 2019