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Exploring Moab: Arches National Park

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Arches National Park is 5 miles north of Moab, just off Hwy 191.

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Arches National Park boasts the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone, with over 2,000 arches & amazing rock formations within the park’s 76,518 acres.

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

As one of Moab’s most crowded areas, expect high traffic and waits during peak seasons (March – October). At the time of our visit, Arches National Park fees were $5 for individuals (applies to motorcycles, bicycles, and walk-ins) or $10 per vehicle (includes all occupants of a vehicle) and are good for 7 days.

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

For those not wishing to hike, Arches National Park can be viewed by car via the 18-mile scenic road. Parking is limited at all destinations, especially on weekends and holidays.

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Arches National Park contains a variety of easy to moderate hiking trails ranging from 15-minute strolls to several hour hikes. Most trails are very exposed with little to no shade. Remember temperatures regularly exceed 100°F / 38°C, so avoid the hottest hours of the day and always carry plenty of water.

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

Pets are not allowed on any hiking trails. Pets may be walked on roads or in parking lots but must be leashed at all times when outside a vehicle. Never leave a pet in a vehicle even for a few minutes.

Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Arches National Park, Moab, Utah
Photo: Kim Hull © Chasing Light Media

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