Visiting Arches National Park in June

Arches National Park is a stunning destination with over 2,000 natural stone arches! We created this handy vacation guide for visiting Arches National Park in June. It’s important to know the weather, things to do, what to pack and where to stay this time of year.

Use this Arches National Park travel guide to plan your vacation in June with tips for navigating the park during the busy season.

Arches National Park in June

Arches National Park is a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts looking for an unforgettable experience. From hiking and camping to rock climbing and stargazing, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in June!

Use these Arches National Park itineraries to plan your daily schedules based on the number of days 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 June

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

For your June vacation, we highly recommend getting to the park EARLY to avoid the heat!! If you don’t have a timed entry ticket, you can still visit the park as long as you enter before 6 am. Plan to head into the park early enough to see and photograph the sunrise at Arches National Park!

If mornings aren’t your thing, then you can also plan to visit the park after 5 pm. In the late afternoon the temperatures and crowds start to diminish. You won’t need a ticket to explore the park at this time and enjoy the sunset at Arches National Park.

Is June a Good Time to Visit Arches National Park?

June starts to get hot and it will be crowded when visiting Arches National Park this time of year.

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 June

June begins the Arches National Park summer vacation season with highs in the 90s and lows near 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

Since you won’t find many shady spots at Arches, we recommend you plan outdoor activities in the cooler mornings and evenings. Enjoy scenic drives in your car with the AC running, or the hotel swimming pool during the heat of the day.

In June 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 June

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 June at Arches

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.

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 June.

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!

Fiery Furnace at Arches National Park
View of Fiery Furnace and the scenic drive

Arches Scenic Drive in June

The Arches National Park scenic drive is 43 miles including the spur roads. Plan 2 to 3 hours for the drive, and add more time if you’ll be taking photos or hiking at any of the stops.

The scenic drive road is paved with pullouts and parking lots along the route. You’ll want to stop often if you’ll interested in Arches National Park photography. Many 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.

Delicate Arch at dawn
Delicate Arch at dawn

Hiking in June at Arches National Park

Most of the Arches National Park hiking trails are fully exposed to the sun, so it’s important to carry water bottles to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen and a sun hat! In June it’s best to plan your hiking in the morning and late afternoon when it’s a bit cooler and the sun isn’t so intense.

The Windows Area and Devil’s Garden Trail are popular so plan to do them in the morning so you don’t have to fight the crowds. Delicate Arch is awesome at sunset for photography, but it may be hard to get a parking spot. So you may want to plan this one for the morning as well!

Plan your day around the bigger, busy hikes 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.

Turret Arch through the North Window
Turret Arch through the North Window

Arches National Park Photography in June

Capturing Arches National Park photos is our favorite thing to do here. If you get up early to photograph sunrise at Arches National Park, you don’t need to worry about getting a timed permit!

  • Sunrise at Arches National Park: La Sal Overlook, Courthouse Towers, and the Windows area. Also, to avoid photos with people climbing on the rocks at Balanced Rock, Turret Arch or the Windows, you need to plan to visit these locations early morning.
  • Sunset at Arches National Park: Delicate Arch is the most popular place to see and photograph sunset at Arches National Park so it’s hard to get a photo of the arch without people!

CHECK OUT our 3 day Arches & Canyonlands Itinerary and Photography Guide to know all the best places and times to take pictures!

Download the printable Arches National Park photo spots checklist to take with you as well!

Milky way over fins at Arches National Park
Milky way over fins at Arches

Stargazing in June at Arches

Did you know Arches has the slogan “Half the Park is After Dark”? Be sure to take one evening to enjoy a star-filled sky!

In June you can see the milky way from 10:30 pm to 3:30 am. It means a late night, or very early morning, but rewarding for those who want to make the effort!

Arches National Park is internationally recognized as one of the best places for stargazing 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 June

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.

glamping cabin near Arches National Park
Glamping cabin near Arches National Park

Arches Camping in June

In June 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 June

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 June

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

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