Explore Arches' Fiery Furnace

Utah Fiery Furnace Trailhead

Added by Devin K

Explore one of Arches National Park's unique adventures with no designated trail, but plenty to take in.

Arches National Park is an incredible place with a variety of places to explore. One of the great places to explore is the Fiery Furnace. The Fiery Furnace requires a permit, which can be obtained at the Visitor Center after watching a short video. For the most part, they are making sure you are capable of simple navigation and inform you to avoid the microbial crust. Once you have obtained the permit you can drive to the Fiery Furnace parking lot, but make sure to check out some of the other stops along the way if you haven't already.

The great part of the Fiery Furnace is that there is not a designated trail or route. There are tracks going in all different directions, but the Furnace is much like a maze and you will quickly discover that some of these tracks lead to dead ends or cliffs. A good time to go is during the winter months when traffic in the Furnace is minimal, but if you do go during the busier times, makes sure to not follow other groups and find your own path through the maze - also, daily permits are limited. Another nice aspect to the Furnace is that you are able to choose your distance and amount of time you want to hike, but prepare for a few hours at the minimum.

The entrance to the Fiery Furnace is from the north end of the Fiery Furnace Overlook parking lot near the bathrooms. The entrance and the exit are the same trail, so pay attention as you enter the maze and remember physical markers. Once in there there are many different directions to go. One of the highlights to look for is a small arch that you can crawl through to gain access into a small chamber, which is located on top of a ledge that can be easy to miss. Another highlight is a narrow slot that leads to a viewpoint of a portion of the Furnace, which may be too skinny for some, but there is another option for people with large chests like myself to the left.

Be ready to rock hop and shimmy through tight areas to truly explore the Fiery Furnace. There are canyoneering options as well to explore the Furnace further, which require another permit and registration, all of which can be done at the Visitor Center. Make sure to be respectful of other people and of the landscape and have fun!

Pack List

  • Backpack
  • Water
  • Food
  • Camera
  • First aid kit
  • Hiking shoes
  • Head lamp
  • Puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket
  • The Windows Section USGS Topo Map
  • Fiery Furnace permit
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Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Winter

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

2 Miles

Elev. Gain:

0 Feet

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Features:

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Scenic

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10 months ago

Neat and Quiet Area

Got a permit to visit the Fiery Furnace in winter and there was no one else in the entire area. Complete silence made it worth the trip, but a lack of maps and suggested hikes made it a bit tricky on knowing where to go. Really neat area either way!

10 months ago

10 months ago

Wonderful Maze

Fiery Furnace makes for a fantastic adventure in Arches. There are also ranger-led tours of Fiery Furnace everyday from spring to fall. You need to either reserve a space well in advance or try and snag a last minute ticket at the ranger station if someone cancels.

10 months ago

about 1 year ago

By far the most incredible part of Arches National Park. Truly a special experience as there are no trails throught the area, so you create your own adventure. Be sure to get a permit from the visitors center and follow the explicit instructions about the preservation of the area! It's also very easy to get lost without the access of trails so I brought a GPS and that made all the difference!

about 1 year ago

Added by Devin K

My passion is to be outside exploring. Every weekend my wife and I take off to the mountains or the desert to find something new. I try to capture the places we visit to share them with people to hopefully make a connection and a desire to protect these places.

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