Arches National Park Sights

It's easy to spot some of the arches from your car, but you should really take the time to step outside and walk beneath the spans and giant walls of orange rock. This gives you a much better idea of their proportion. No doubt you will feel as writer Edward Abbey did when he awoke on his first day as a park ranger in Arches: that you're walking in the most beautiful place on Earth.

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as the sun goes down. At sunset, the rock formations in Arches glow like fire, and you'll often find photographers behind their tripods waiting for magnificent rays to descend on Delicate Arch or other popular park sites. The Fiery Furnace earns its name as its narrow fins glow red just before the sun dips below the horizon. Full-moon nights are particularly dramatic in Arches as the creamy white Navajo sandstone reflects light, and eerie silhouettes are created by towering fins and formations.

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Devils Garden

  • Restaurant–Sight

There are grills, water, picnic tables, and restrooms here, and depending on the time of day, some shade from junipers and rock walls.

Double Arch

  • Geological Site

In the Windows section of the park, 11¾ miles from the park entrance, Double Arch has appeared in several Hollywood movies, including...

Fiery Furnace

  • Geological Site

Fewer than 10% of the park's visitors ever descend into the chasms and washes of Fiery Furnace (a permit or a ranger-led hike is the...

Fiery Furnace Walk

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Join a park ranger on a two- or three-hour walk through a labyrinth of rock fins and narrow sandstone canyons. You'll see arches that...

Junior Ranger Program

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Kids 2–12 can pick up a Junior Ranger booklet at the visitor center. It's full of activities, word games, drawings, and thought-provoking...

La Sal Mountains

  • Mountain–Sight

If you want a break from the desert heat, wander up to this snowcapped mountain range about 30 miles from Arches National Park. At nearly...

Red Rock Explorer Pack

  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Better than borrowing from a library, families can check out a youth backpack filled with tools for learning about both Arches and Canyonlands...

Skyline Arch

  • Geological Site

A quick walk from the parking lot at Skyline Arch, 16½ miles from the park entrance, gives you closer views and better photos. The short...

The Windows

  • Geological Site

As you head north from the park entrance, turn right at Balanced Rock to find this concentration of natural windows, caves, and needles...

Wolfe Ranch

  • House/Mansion/Villa

Civil War veteran John Wesley Wolfe and his son started a small ranch here in 1888. He added a cabin in 1906 when his daughter Esther...

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