Visiting Arches National Park in July

Arches National Park in Utah is a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts looking for an unforgettable experience.

When planning a trip to Arches National Park in July, it’s important to know that the weather will be HOT and dry!

Use this Arches National Park travel guide to plan your July vacation with tips to avoid the heat and beat the summer crowds!

Arches National Park in July

Arches is filled with dramatic desert landforms, arches, and sandstone formations. In the summer it’s best to limit outdoor activities to the cooler mornings and evenings.

We’ve put together some done-for-you Arches National Park itineraries to help you decide the things you want to do based on the time you have to spend at the park:

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A Photo Tour of Arches National Park

Take a visual tour through Arches National Park to see the stunning landscapes you’ll see when you visit!

Visiting Arches National Park in July

Arches National Park is open 24/7. In July you’ll need an Arches Timed Entry Ticket to enter the park from 6 am to 5 pm.

In July we highly recommend getting to the park EARLY to avoid the heat!! And if you don’t have a timed entry ticket, you can still visit the park as long as you enter before 6 a.m. Go in early enough to see and photograph the sunrise at Arches National Park!

Another option is to visit the park after 5 p.m. when the temperatures and crowds in the late afternoon start to diminish. You won’t need a ticket to see and photograph sunset at Arches National Park, or enjoy stargazing at night!

Is July a Good Time to Visit Arches National Park?

July will be hot and crowded when visiting Arches National Park.

If you want to avoid the heat and crowds, check out our list of best times to visit Arches National Park with information about what to expect during each season and every month of the year.

Arches Weather in July

July is right in the middle of the Arches National Park summer vacation season. Expect highs in the 100s and lows in the high 60s degrees Fahrenheit.

You won’t find many shady spots at Arches National Park. We suggest you plan your outdoor activities like hiking in the cooler mornings and evenings. You can enjoy the scenic drives in your car with the AC running, or the hotel swimming pool during the heat of the day.

In July it’s important to stay hydrated and use sun protection:

You’ll experience a dry desert environment at Arches so be sure to also pack and use lip balm and lotion as well!

Things to Do at Arches National Park in July

Here’s a list of Arches National Park summer activities. In June you’ll want to do the outdoor things in the cooler times at morning and evening.

Ranger Programs in July at Arches

Arches Ranger-led programs are a great way to learn about the park and it’s attractions. Check out what activities are available during your stay in July.

Be sure to stop by the visitor center and have a chat with one of the park rangers. Let them know what interests you and get their recommendations.

If you’re visiting Arches National Park with kids, be sure to grab the Junior Ranger booklet so they can earn their Junior Ranger Badge!

Arches National Park scenic drive
Arches National Park scenic drive

Arches Scenic Drive in July

During the day in July is the perfect time to enjoy the AC as you drive through Arches! The full 43-mile Arches National Park scenic drive, including the spur roads, takes 2 to 3 hours. Add more time if you’ll be taking photos or hiking at any of the stops.

The road is paved with pullouts and parking lots perfect for any Arches National Park photography you want to do. Some of the arches and landmarks can be seen from the parking lot, or by a short walk.

Download the Arches scenic drive map to navigate along the scenic road to each point of interest.

We recommend the Arches GuideAlong App to hear fun behind-the scenes stories and local tips that play automatically as you drive, based on your GPS location.

Broken Arch at Arches National Park
Broken Arch

Hiking in July at Arches National Park

Because the hiking trails in the park are fully exposed to the sun, you’ll want to avoid daytime hiking. We recommend you explore the Arches National Park summer hikes in the morning or late afternoon when it’s a bit cooler and the sun isn’t so intense.

Be sure to visit the popular Windows Area and Devil’s Garden Trail in the morning so you don’t have to fight the crowds.

Also, Delicate Arch is awesome at sunset for photography, but it may be impossible to get a parking spot. You may want to hike to Delicate Arch in the morning as well!

We recommend you schedule the bigger, busy hikes first thing then fit in the other shorter hikes like Sand Dune Arch, Skyline Arch and Balanced Rock during the later afternoon when parking spots open up more frequently.

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Turret Arch through the North Window

Arches National Park Photography in July

Taking Arches National Park photos is our favorite thing to do at this park. In July we recommend you get up early to photograph sunrise at Arches National Park. Doing this you won’t need to worry about getting a timed permit!

There are great spots to photograph sunrise at Arches National Park: La Sal Overlook, Courthouse Towers, and the Windows area. If you don’t want your photos to have people climbing on the rocks, you’ll also want to photograph Balanced Rock, Turret Arch or the Windows in the morning.

You can’t beat sunset at Arches National Park, but most locations it will be hard to get photos without people! This is especially true at Delicate Arch since it’s the most popular place to see and photograph at Arches!

We share tips like this in our 3 day Arches & Canyonlands Itinerary and Photography Guide. It details all the best places and times to take pictures!

You can also download a free checklist of the Arches National Park photo spots!

Milky way over fins at Arches

Arches National Park Stargazing in July

Stargazing at Arches is a must-do! The slogan “Half the Park is After Dark” invites you to take one evening to enjoy a star-filled sky!

In July you can see the milky way from 10:30 pm to 3:30 am which means a late night or very early morning. But it’s so rewarding for those who want to make the effort!

Did you know Arches National Park is internationally recognized as one of the best places for stargazing? It gets that disctinction because of its remote location, accessibility, altitude and clear skies.

Arches is a popular destination for astrophotographers so you won’t be alone in the park at night. Be sure to use a headlamp with a red light!

Arches National Park Tours in July

With experienced guides on Arches National Park tours, you can explore all the amazing sights the park has to offer and make sure you don’t miss anything.

Booking a tour to explore Arches National Park is a great way to learn more about the area and its history: hiking, scenic drive, rock climbing, off road driving, and photography to name a few.

Arches Camping in July

In July you will need a reservation for Arches National Park camping at the one campground in the park.

Reservations for camping at Devil’s Garden Campground are required from March 1- October 31. If you don’t reserve a spot ahead of time, you most likely will need to find a place to camp outside the park. You can reserve these spots up to 6 months in advance. 

You’ll also find RV Parks near Arches National Park for camping in case you can’t get a spot in the park.

If you want to enjoy camping in style, check out these options for Glamping near Arches National Park!

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Things To Do Near Arches National Park in July

You’ll find more things to do near Arches National Park to add to your itinerary:

Lodging Near Arches National Park

There are no lodges inside Arches National Park so most people stay in the nearby town of Moab. There are all types of lodging options in and near Moab from budget-friendly hotels to higher-prices resorts.

Packing List for Arches in July

Use our Arches National Park Packing List to make sure you have the right clothing and gear for visiting in July! Grab your free printable packing checklist by clicking the image below!

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