Vacation Guide for Visiting Arches National Park in June

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.

Use this Arches National Park travel guide, to plan your vacation in June!

Arches National Park in June

Check out our tips for navigating Arches National Park in June during the busy season, as well as information about how to beat the heat!

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VISITING ARCHES NATIONAL PARK IN JUNE

When visiting Arches in June, you’ll need to be aware that the park has implemented a TIMED ENTRY pilot program April through October, 2022:

Timed entry tickets will be required to enter the park from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and will allow visitors to enter the park during a one-hour specified window of availability. After entering, visitors may stay in the park as long as they wish for the remainder of the day. Reservation holders may exit and re-enter the park on the same day with a correctly validated ticket. Visitors can book reservations first-come, first-served on Recreation.gov. The park will release reservations three months in advance in monthly blocks.

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 a.m. 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 p.m. 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.

Landscape Arch at Arches National Park

Is June a Good Time to Visit Arches National Park?

Arches National Park is open 24/7. Visit the NPS site to get the Arches National Park operating hours.

June starts to get hot and it will be 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 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.

We created a resource of best time to visit Arches National Park you might want to check out to determine if June, or another time of the year, is best for your vacation.

Things to Do at Arches National Park in June

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

Fiery Furnace at Arches National Park

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.

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.

Delicate Arch at dawn

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!

There are great spots to photograph sunrise at Arches National Park like 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.

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!

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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!

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!

What Park Activities Can You Do June?

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Things To Do Near Arches National Park

You’ll find a ton of other places to visit in Utah that are near Arches National Park to add to your itinerary:

Where to Stay Near Arches National Park:

There are no hotels in Arches so most people stay in the nearby town of Moab. There are all types of lodging in and near Moab from budget-friendly hotels to higher-prices resorts. You’ll also find vacation rentals, a hostel, campgrounds and RV parks.

Here are a few of our favorite places to stay near Arches:

  • Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Moab – we enjoyed our stay and highly recommend this hotel due to its location close to Arches.
  • Purple Sage – our all-time favorite place to stay in Moab – walking distance to shopping, full kitchen, and only 8 units so you don’t feel lost in a large hotel. 
  • Red Cliffs Lodge – rooms up to 6 people – located 17 miles from Moab, this lodge is known for its beautiful location, winery and activities like horseback riding, fishing and more!
  • Vacation Rentals – we really like rentals with a kitchen, washer and dryer and amenities like a swimming pool and hot tub.

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