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.


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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Arches Main Park Road

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Although they are not formally designated as such, the main park road and its two short spurs are scenic and allow you to enjoy many...

Arches Visitor Center Bookstore

  • Store/Shop/Mall

Operated by Canyonlands Natural History Association, this bookstore at the park entrance is the place in the park to buy maps, guidebooks,...

Balanced Rock

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One of the park's favorite sights, 9¼ miles from the park entrance, this rock is visible for several minutes as you approach—and just...

Balanced Rock

  • Tour–Sight

The view is the best part of this picnic spot opposite the Balanced Rock parking area. There are no cooking facilities or water, but...

Courthouse Wash

  • Geological Site

Although this rock-art panel fell victim to an unusual case of vandalism in 1980, when someone scoured the petroglyphs and pictographs...

Delicate Arch

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The iconic symbol of the park and the state (it appears on many of Utah's license plates), the Delicate Arch is frankly tall and muscular...

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

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

Fiery Furnace

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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

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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...


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