Southwest Adventure Tours
How do you see over 2,000 arches in Arches in just three days? You don't. But we'll help you see the best of the best: the biggest, the prettiest and the most photogenic. And we'll throw in some local secrets as well. Read more...
Over 2,000 arches have been identified in Arches National Park. Spend three days seeing how many arches you can find (to be considered an arch, it must measure three feet in any direction). Be sure and take food and lots of water into the park with you since there is no place to buy food once in the park. Moab has three grocery stores right on Main Street.
The colors in Arches are most vibrant during sunrise and sunset. If possible plan your hikes so you can experience the changing colors as the sun rises and sets. It makes for a long day but it is well worth it.
Check-in at your hotel, motel, B&B or campsite.
Eat or Pack a lunch and lots of water. There are restrooms at all major hiking points and pull out points as well within the park.
Drive North on Highway 191 from Moab for 5 mi/8 km. The turnoff for Arches will be on the East side of road. Make a reservation at the Visitor Center to hike the Fiery Furnace on your third day. Pick up a map for details on hikes in the park.
Entrance Fees (good for seven days):
$10 per vehicle
From the Visitor Center you will drive along the main paved road to the following Points of Interest:
Park Avenue- (2 mi round trip, 1 hr)
Balanced Rock- (0.3 mi round trip, 15-30 minutes)
Eat Dinner in Moab. Check out the restaurants in Moab.
Eat Breakfast, and pack a lunch for the day.
(1.5 mi/2.4 km 2 hours)
Leave your hotel one and a half hours before sunrise. Drive up the main Arches road past the Windows section turn-off and take the turnoff for Delicate Arch on your right. Get to the trailhead 30 minutes before sunrise so you can be at the arch when the sun comes up. Hike the moderately difficult trail to Delicate Arch following the cairns (stacked rocks) that mark the way up the slickrock hills. Seeing the Arch for the first time is an incredible sight. It's placement with the beautiful La Sal Mountains behind them takes your breath away. Enjoy the changing colors of the sandstone formations as the sunrays slide over the morning horizon.
Find a place in the shade of a towering wall or in the campground to have lunch.
Walk the loop trail taking you by the amazingly thin Landscape Arch which stretches some 306 feet, considered to be the longest natural arch in the world. The 1.56 mi round trip is very easy or you can continue on the moderate Primitive loop (5.3 mi) to see other arches such as Double O Arch and Dark Angel (plus more). If the Primitive Loop isn't enough for you there is another easy trail that takes you by Skyline Arch (.4 mi round trip) and up to Sand Dune Arch (1.7 mi round trip).
Eat Dinner in Moab.
Check out of your accommodations.
Drive to Arches National Park
Drive up the main road past the turnoff to Delicate Arch until you see the turn off for Fiery Furnace. It's an amazing labyrinth of narrow passageways among sandstone fins. As you walk in the sandy bottom looking up 100 foot sandstone walls it is easy to get disoriented. For this reason, it is recommended that you have a guide take you through your first time. Fiery Furnace tour times change throughout the season. For guided tour times and reservations visit www.recreation.gov. The cost is $10 for adults (13 +); $5 for children (5 - 12); children under 5 are not permitted. It's a great hike through narrow walls and climbing over unique sandstone formations.
More: Hiking Fiery Furnace:
Get Lunch in Moab and head for home.
25 East Center Street
Moab, UT 84532