Home to the world’s densest concentration of natural rock arches, Arches National Park is one of the most photogenic national parks in America.
The park encompasses more than 2,000 catalogued rock arches. They range in size from three feet (90 centimeters), which is the minimum required length of an arch, to almost three hundred feet (90 meters).
The easternmost of the five Utah national parks, Arches National Park is an extremely accessible park, located just five miles (eight kilometers) from the adventure-focused town of Moab in southeastern Utah. Begin your visit by stopping at the visitor center to pick up a map and park newspaper, before exploring the park on its only road—the Scenic Drive.
Meandering its way for 19 miles (or 30 kilometers) through a desert landscape filled with rock spires and arches, fins and cliffs, and boulders and monoliths, it takes you past essentially all the top sights in Arches National Park. Or at least, it brings you within striking distance of them. Some attractions require you to hike a bit, others lie just on the side of the road.
Best of Arches National Park
The beauty of this iconic national park, besides literally its stunning natural beauty, is that it’s possible to see all attractions in just one day. It’s not the largest of parks and the Scenic Drive allows you to get to many places effortlessly. However, I recommend that you allow plenty of time to do a few of the wonderful hikes in Arches National Park, some of which are truly spectacular.
I’ve listed my favorite sights in Arches National Park below. Hopefully, this list will inspire you to visit this easternmost of the Utah national parks. If you do, let it serve as a checklist of things to see in Arches National Park.
- Delicate Arch
- The Windows
- Double Arch
- Landscape Arch
- Devils Garden
- Park Avenue
- Courthouse Towers
- Garden of Eden
- Balanced Rock
- Petrified Dunes
- Native American Petroglyphs
Easy and Accessible
I appreciated many things about this particular park. In addition to these amazing sights in Arches National Park, I liked how accessible everything is, how downright phenomenal the sunsets are, and how it’s impossible to take bad photos. I also enjoyed the vibe in nearby Moab. This vibrant and happening town is the perfect base for a visit to both Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, which are essentially neighbors.
Arches National Park Map
Location: Southeastern Utah, United States
Nearest Town: Moab
Area: 120 square miles (310 square kilometers)
Features: Largest concentration of rock arches in the world, desert landscapes, rock formations
Main Attractions: Delicate Arch, Landscape Arch, Double Arch, The Windows, Balanced Rock, Devils Garden, Park Avenue
Main Activities: Hiking, stargazing, cycling, sunset-watching, camping
Suggested Stay: 2 days
Further Information: National Park Service
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