Arches National Park Sports & Activities

Arches National Park lies in the middle of one of the adventure capitals of the United States. Deep canyons and towering walls are everywhere you look. Slick sandstone surfaces, known as slickrock, make for some of the world's best mountain biking. Thousand-foot sandstone walls draw rock climbers from across the globe. Hikers can choose from shady canyons or red rock ridges that put you in the company of the West’s big sky. The Colorado River forms the southeast boundary of the park and can give you every grade of white-water adventure.

Moab-based outfitters can set you up for any sport you may have a desire to try: mountain biking, ATVs, dirt bikes, four-wheel-drive vehicles, kayaking, climbing, stand-up paddleboarding, and even skydiving. Within the park, it's best to stick with basics such as hiking, sightseeing, and photography. Climbers and other adventure seekers should always inquire at the visitor center about restrictions.


There's world-class biking all around Arches National Park, but the park proper is not the best place to explore on two wheels. Bicycles are...


Within the park you'll definitely see plenty of the big, black, beautiful raven. Look for them perched on top of a picturesque juniper branch...

Boating and River Expeditions

Although the Colorado River runs along the border of the park, there is no boating within the park proper. You can, however, enjoy a splashy...


There is no fishing in Arches National Park, and the Colorado River is too silty to offer good fishing. The nearby La Sal Mountains are dotted...


With thousands of acres of nearby Bureau of Land Management lands to enjoy, it's hardly necessary to use the park's limited trails for four...


Getting out on any one of the park trails will surely cause you to fall in love with this Mars-like landscape. But remember, you are hiking...

Horseback Riding

Horseback riding is very restricted in the park. Horses are not allowed in the campground and must be fed a special diet for a period of time...

Multisport Outfitters

Adrift Adventures. This outfitter takes pride in well-trained guides who can take you via foot, raft, kayak, 4x4, jet boat, and more, all over...

Rock Climbing and Canyoneering

Rock climbers travel from across the country to scale the sheer red rock walls of Arches National Park and surrounding areas. Most climbing...


There is no swimming in the park. The nearby Colorado River may be suitable for swimming in late summer or early fall, but never enter the river...



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