Arches National Park

Arches National Park photo by Larry Gibson via Shutterstock.

Arches National Park, situated in the desert landscape of Utah, is renowned for its dramatic natural sandstone arches. Its stunning geological features make it a spectacular location for outdoor exploration and photography.

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Fast Facts

State(s): Utah
Area: 76,679 acres (310.31 sq km) – 44th largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Elephant Butte – 5,653 ft (1,723 m)
Lowest Elevation: Visitor Center – 4,085 ft (1,245 m)
Date Established: November 12, 1971
Annual Visitors: 1,238,083 visitors in 2020
Nearest Town: Moab, Utah

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

  1. Delicate Arch Trail (3.2mi out & back)
  2. Devil’s Garden Trail (7.9mi loop)
  3. Double O Arch Trail (4.1mi out & back)
  4. Private Arch Trail (5.3mi out & back)
  5. Landscape Arch Trail (1.9mi out & back)

🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Arches National Park

Arches is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Arches National Park.

  1. Star gazing (Arches is an International Dark Sky Park)
  2. Wildlife viewing (desert bighorn sheep, lizards, and more)
  3. Rock climbing (with a permit)
  4. Photography, especially at sunrise and sunset
  5. Cycling on park roads

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Arches National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Arches National Park.

  1. Hampton Inn Moab – 5 mi from park
  2. Homewood Suites by Hilton Moab – 5.3 mi from park
  3. Casitas at the Hoodoo Moab – 5.4 mi from park
  4. Hoodoo Moab – 5.4 mi from park
  5. Home2 Suites Grand Junction Northwest – 106 mi from park

🍔 What to Eat Near Arches National Park

After hiking and exploring Arches National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

  1. Moab Diner (American, Diner) – 5.0 mi from park
  2. Milt’s Stop & Eat (Burgers, Shakes) – 6.0 mi from park
  3. Desert Bistro (Southwestern, Steakhouse) – 5.3 mi from park
  4. Moab Brewery (Brewpub, American) – 4.8 mi from park
  5. El Charro Loco (Mexican) – 5.1 mi from park