23 Mar Arches National Park
On our road trip last spring, Steve and I stopped at Arches National Park in Utah. I had never really been big into National Parks, not because I don’t like being outside, or I hate nature, I just haven’t spent a ton of time exploring my own country, and even less of that time looking for National Parks. But after visiting Arches, my thoughts have completely changed and I’m now obsessed with visiting as many as I can.
Steve and I originally only planned one day for the park, but after getting there around 11 AM, spending a few hours walking around, taking hundreds of photos and generally in awe of our surroundings, we realized we needed more time. Like usual, we weren’t dressed really properly. We always seem to get into situations where we’re wearing the wrong shoes or just didn’t look into the weather. And while we were fine walking around in jeans, we didn’t bring water, and the hike we went on was pretty long. We also didn’t put on any sunscreen. It was that perfect/ annoying weather where it’s cool and breezy but the sun burns you without feeling it. This day we hiked to the Delicate Arch. It’s not that difficult of a hike, maybe 3 miles round trip, but parts of it can be a little strenuous, like uphill, but even if you do the smallest amount of physical activity you’ll be completely fine. So we were super red that night.
Instead of leaving town that night to head south to Arizona, we decided to stay and go back the next day. This time we were a little more prepared. We wore more proper shoes and brought water, which was good because this time we did a 7ish mile hike and it would have been a long, hot, dry few hours without any. This day was a little chillier, so we were in sweatshirts, but it was still just as sunny and beautiful. Our hike took us around Devil’s Garden and we saw more arches and mountains.
Now that you know about our little trip, here are some things you need to know for yours.
Open all year- 24 hours a day.
Visitor Center: usually 8 AM- 4:30 PM depending on time of year.
Entrance Fees- Good for 7 Days
Private Vehicle: $25
Per Person: $10
Southwest Utah Parks Annual Pass: $50- 1 year for Arches, Canyonlands, Hovenweep and Natural Bridges
National Parks and Federal Recreational Land Annual Pass: $80/ Free for Military and Dependents
National Parks and Federal Recreational Land Senior Pass- $10 for life- over 62 years of age
January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
April 16-24: National Park Week
August 25-28: National Park Service Birthday
September 24: National Public Lands Day
November 11: Veterans Day
Camping Fees(per night):
Devils Canyon Campground- $25
Canyon Wren Group Site
11-16 campers= $75
17-22 campers= $100
23-28 campers= $125
29-35 campers= $160
Juniper Group Site
11-22 campers= $100
23-33 campers= $150
34-44 campers= $200
45-55 campers= $250
Ranger-led Tour- $16/adult, $8/child(5-12)
Private Permit- $6/adult, $3/child, $15 annual permit (this is only for restricted hiking areas)
What to Bring:
Water- bring some in with you but there are also places to refill like at the visitor center and certain campgrounds.
Good Walking shoes
A Hat- I really don’t like hats, but if you’re always getting burnt it’s probably a good idea.
Pets- Pets are not allowed on any hiking trails. They may come into the campground and at overlooks and pullouts along the paved roads, but pretty much nothing else. They can walk on paved roads or parking lots but need to be on a leash. They can’t be left unattended.
Don’t grafitti- obviously
Don’t climb on Named arches or rock formations- this is a general rule. If it has a name, you probably shouldn’t even try. But also, if it looks like you’re going to ruin something natural and cool, don’t do it just for the story.
I took so many photos these days. So here are a few to get you excited about your trip or to prove to you even more why you need to visit.
I know I haven’t explored Arches nearly as much as is due so tell me what I missed and why I should go back.