Arches National Park in March is one of the best times to visit this park in Utah.
Arches in the spring is one of the most popular seasons due to the moderate temperatures.
It’s nice to be able to explore the park all day long without worrying about the daytime heat during the summer!
Use this guide to help you decide if a March vacation to Arches is the right time for you to enjoy outdoor adventures at this park.
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What to Pack for a Spring National Park Vacation
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1. US National Parks Pass
You can order passes online or get them at any of these Federal Recreation Areas.
→ BUY THE PASS AT REI and they will donate 10% of sales to the National Park Foundation.
2. Hiking Gear
- Hiking shoes & boots: → Check out our FAVORITE hiking shoes/boots!
- Hiking socks: → Check out the BEST SOCKS EVER!
- Walking stick or trekking poles
3. Clothing – Layers
- WATER: → We carry water bottles or hydration backpacks
- FOOD: → Check out our favorite healthy snacks
- Flashlight: → Check out the headlamps we like
- National Park maps
- Lip protection with sunscreen
- Polarized sunglasses
- Insect repellant
- Hand lotion
- Female urination device
- Toilet paper (carry out in a bag – do not bury)
- Hand sanitizer
- First aid kit
- Bags to pack out trash
Where to Stay Near Arches:
There are no hotels in Arches so most people stay in the nearby town of Moab. You’ll find restaurants and places to shop which adds to the appeal to find accommodations in 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
READ OUR FULL GUIDE: Places to stay near Arches National Park in Moab
• 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.
TOP REASON TO VISIT ARCHES IN MARCH
The weather at Arches in March is perfect to explore the park! It will be cool to cold in the mornings and evenings, but it’s just right during the day when the sun in shining.
There is not much shade to be found at Arches so it’s nice to be in the park on a sunny day when the air is cool! It makes hiking so much more enjoyable!
And the desert flowers in the spring is something you won’t see any other time of year at Arches!
Arches is a popular spring break destination so expect crowds! There will be lines to get into the park, there will be cars circling the parking lots looking for a place to park, and the points of interest will be packed with people.
The first part of March is your best bet to avoid the spring break crowds.
ARCHES WEATHER IN MARCH
The weather at Arches in March is starting to get warmer, but the mornings and evenings will still be cold.
Keep in mind the weather can be unpredictable if a storm rolls through with rain, and possibly snow.
The average highs are near 60 degrees with the lows in the mid 30s.
HIKING IN MARCH
Hiking at Arches in March is the best! The sun is out and the air is cool. This is quite different from summer when you’re sweating and worrying about heat exhaustion.
It’s important to stay hydrated and wear sunscreen due to the elevation of Arches.
Most of the trails at Arches are fully exposed to the sun, which is perfect for your visit in March since you aren’t worrying about finding shade!
→ CHECK OUT Devil’s Garden Trail Guide
→ CHECK OUT 10 Amazing Hiking Trails in Arches
PHOTOGRAPHY IN MARCH
Taking photos at Arches is one of the best thing about visiting the park. CHECK OUT our 3 day photography guide for Arches National Park to capitalize on all the best places and times to take pictures here!
Delicate Arch at sunset is the most popular photo spot in Arch. In March, you won’t have this location to yourself so be patient waiting for everyone to take their turn to get a photo under the arch!
If you want to capture photos without people climbing on the rocks at Balanced Rock, Turret Arch or the Windows, you need to enter the park EARLY!
→ CHECK OUT: 3 Day Photography Guide for Arches National Park
→ CHECK OUT: Arches National Park Photography Tips
STARGAZING IN MARCH
Definitely take one evening to stay after the sun set and LOOK UP! Can you see the milky way?
Arches National Park is internationally recognized as one of the best places for stargazing because of its remote location, accessibility, altitude and clear skies.
The slogan “Half the Park is After Dark” encourages visiting at night to simply Look up! On a clear night, the sky is literally filled with stars.
Arches is a popular destination for astrophotographers so you won’t be alone in the park at night.
FAQ’S FOR VISITING IN MARCH
Is Arches National Park Open in March?
Arches National Park is open 24/7. Visit the NPS site to get the updated operating hours.
Is March a Good Time to Visit Arches National Park?
March is our favorite time to plan a vacation to Arches!
If you want to avoid the crowds, we recommend going the first two weeks of March. Otherwise, enter the park before 9 am, leave when it gets crowded, then go back in the afternoon!
What Park Activities Can You Do March?
- A good way to get to know more about Arches is to participate in ranger-led hikes and campfire talks.
- You can watch the park orientation film at Arches Visitor Center, which is open seven days a week – check the website for operating hours.
- Kids can earn a Junior Ranger badge (Junior Ranger booklet). Get more details at the visitor center.
RESOURCES TO PLAN A TRIP TO ARCHES
- Arches National Park Travel Guide
- Arches in the Spring
- Arches in the Summer
- Arches in the Fall
- Arches in the Winter
- Arches National Park Hiking Trails
- Arches Packing List
- Where to Stay in Moab Near Arches
More Places to Visit Near Arches
- Canyonlands Island in the Sky
- Canyonlands Needles
- Dead Horse Point State Park
- Moab Adventures: Cool Things to Do