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6 Tips For A Successful Trip To Arches National Park

By: Megan Davin + Save to a List

Only have a few hours to spare and you’re in Moab? Perfect. Go beyond the famous Delicate Arch and you'll be surprised by how much more there is that makes Arches National Park so special. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, hundreds of soaring pinnacles, massive fins and giant balanced rocks. This rock wonderland will amaze you with its formations, refresh you with its trails, and inspire you with its sunsets. Here are 6 tips to help you make the most of your time in this incredible place.

Photo: Lee Cuellar

  1. Go beyond Delicate Arch and save it for last - its colors are most stunning at sunset.

  2. Be Prepared. Arches National Park is located in a "high desert", with elevations ranging from 4,085 to 5,653 feet above sea level. The climate is one of very hot summers, cold winters and very little rainfall. Even on a daily basis, temperatures may fluctuate as much as 50 degrees. Bring water and wear sunscreen and a hat.

  3. Take lots of photos. A picture is worth a thousand words and they help capture the memories.

    Photo: Scott Kranz

  4. Find a good area to sit down and take in the views. Stop to take in something that is truly beautiful and unique by being present in the moment.

  5. Take the time to read about the history of the park and what it has to offer. Did you know that the park lies atop an underground salt bed and that is what is responsible for the sites we come to experience?

  6. You don’t have to rush and see everything. Take your time seeing and appreciating what you have time to see, it will be more meaningful that way.

    Photo: Dustin Landon

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on. Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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