Visiting Arches National Park in the Spring

We love visiting Arches National Park is the spring. To help you plan your trip, use our Arches National Park travel guide and the tips below.

Arches in the spring is a great time to go because the weather is “just right” to enjoy the outdoors. Keep reading to find out what to pack, where to stay, things to do and more!

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Timed Entry at Arches in the Spring

Arches has a TIMED ENTRY program from 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.

You can still visit Arches even if you don’t have a ticket! Just plan to get into the park before 6 am or after 5pm. Going at those times will help you avoid the crowds, and it’s a great time for Arches National Park photography!

Spring Weather at Arches

You will encounter some of the most glorious weather while visiting in the spring.

Arches National Park in March you can expect temperatures to range from 64 degrees as the high and dip all the way down to 35 degrees. 

Arches National Park in April the temperatures begin to warm up. Most days and nights will stay above freezing temperatures with the highs around 71 degrees Fahrenheit and the lows around 42 degrees. 

Arches National Park in May means more sunny days in the 80s with highs around 82 and the lows around 51 degrees. 

With the temperatures changing so much throughout the day, it is especially important to dress in layers. We recommend a fleece jacket, warm hat and gloves for the cooler mornings and evenings, especially in early spring.

La Sal overlook at Blue Hour at Arches NP

Things to Do in Arches National Park in the Spring

There are so many things to do at Arches National Park. Here’s a list of activities to consider:

Stop at the Visitor Center

Stopping at the visitor center is the first place you want to stop! It is open every day in the Spring and is full of so much useful information.

There you can talk with the park ranger, tell them what you are most interested in and ask for recommendations. You can also find out if there are any closures currently within the park. 

Scenic Drive

While visiting take the time to explore the Arches National Park scenic drive. It’s a 43-mile road with spur roads. It will take about 2 to 3 hours, but plan more time if you’ll be taking photos or hiking along the way.

There are a ton of Arches National Park photography locations along the drive. You’ll see many arches and landmarks at the various pullouts and parking lot, or by a short walk. There’s a map to help you navigate your drive to each point of interest.

There are some unpaved roads you can take to explore further, but you will want to check at the visitor center for up to date road conditions to see if they are safe to go on during your trip. 

Arches National Park scenic drive

Photography

If you plan to take Arches National Park photos, here are some tips to get great pictures:

Some of our favorite places to catch sunrise at Arches National Park are La Sal Overlook, Courthouse Towers, and the Windows area. If you don’t want people climbing on the rocks in your photos, plan to visit Balanced Rock, Turret Arch and the Windows in the morning.

Delicate Arch is an iconic location to see and photograph, and the most popular spot for sunset at Arches National Park. It’s hard to get a photo of the arch without people at sunset!

We’ve created a 3 day Arches & Canyonlands Itinerary and Photography Guide that details all the places and times to take pictures! Download the printable Arches National Park photo spots checklist to take with you as well!

Stargazing

There is a reason why Arches National Park is internationally recognized as one of the best places to stargaze. The skies are clear and with the park in a remote location it allows you to get some of the most incredible views of the night sky that you will ever see. 

In the spring you’ll be able to see and photograph the milky way! Good Arches locations for stargazing:

  • Balanced Rock
  • The Windows
  • Garden of Eden Viewpoint
  • Panorama Point
Balanced Rock with the milky way at Arches

Hiking

Arches National Park hiking trails are perfect for families, casual visitors who want to explore, and avid hikers that want a real adventure. 

Some of the easiest trails we recommend are Balanced Rock, The Windows, and Double Arch. Many of these are paved and easy enough for kids to enjoy as well. Kids will love the Sand Dune Arch trail!

If you are looking for a moderate trail we recommend Delicate Arch, Devil’s Garden Trail or Park Avenue.

For the more difficult trails you can do any of the primitive trails, Fiery Furnace or Tower Arch.

When hiking it is especially important that you take the proper gear and plenty of water as well as dress in moisture-wicking layers.

The Spectacles at Arches

Camping

If you want to do Arches National Park camping in the spring, you will need to reserve a spot at Devil’s Garden Campground.

These spots are available to reserve 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. 

Ranger Led Programs

Ranger-led programs are always a good way to learn about the park. We especially recommended these if it is your first time visiting the park.

You’ll find interactive programs, guided walks, evening programs and special events so be sure to check the calendar for what’s happening in the spring!

Other Activities

  • Biking the park (on the road)
  • Canyoneering 
  • Backpacking
  • Rock climbing
  • Horseback riding
  • TOURS near Arches 

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:

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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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