Arches National Park abounds in breathtaking beauty throughout its 75,000+ acres and more than 2,000 natural arches, towers and other intriguing geological sandstone formations.
Located in the desert outside Moab, Utah, this national park is toured by about a million sightseers and nature lovers each year. Keep in mind that summer heat in the desert can be extreme, so you might want to consider visiting in the cooler months of fall or spring. Whenever you go, make sure you have plenty of water and food, good maps and a compass to provide direction.
Here are five reasons to visit Arches National Park in Utah.
The Formations are Amazing
You’ve never seen anything like the arches, towers, pinnacles and balanced boulders found throughout the more than 100 square miles of the park. A wide array of colors, emphasizing red tones, is displayed on these majestic formations. The sunsets in the sky and reflected on the rocks of Arches N.P. are stunning.
Trails Offer Recreation and Solitude
You can leave the busy world and its stress behind on one of the many trails through Arches. Two-hour hikes and half-day hikes can be bundled together into a days-long trip for serious backpackers. You’ll get away from it all on trails such as the Windows Loop, Delicate Arch Trail, Devils Garden Trail, Fiery Furnace Trail or the primitive trail to Tower Arch.
Most trails have their highs and lows, overlooking incredible vistas or staring up sheer cliffs. Remember to take water, lots of water! Ranger-guided hikes are available too, and it’s worth noting that many of the sights can be viewed by car.
Arches National Park is Kid Friendly
The Junior Ranger Program is an exciting way to children to learn about the geology and history of the formations. The program includes Red Rock Explorer backpacks and free booklets.
Flora and Fauna Flourish!
In other words, though the region is a high desert, there are plenty of interesting plants and animals to see. The critters that live in Arches N.P. include mule deer, coyotes, jackrabbits, songbirds, several species of squirrels and an array of snakes and lizards. On the plant side, drought-resistant perennial flowers abound along with an interesting selection of cacti, mosses and yucca plants.
There are Other Amazing Parks Nearby
Going to Utah just to see Arches would be like going to New York City just to see a show on Broadway. There’s so much more to do while you’re there! Utah is also home to Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and Zion National Parks, all of which are worth a visit of one or more days.