Arches National Park is one of our favorite places to visit. We try to go to Arches whenever we can.
With so many things to do at there, we have great Arches vacation tips to share with you, especially when visiting Arches National Park in the Spring!
While visiting, don’t forget to bring your camera so you can capture some of the most incredible scenery pictures you have ever taken as you photograph Arches.
Visiting Arches in the spring is a great time to go. The weather is starting to warm up and it is not quite as crowded as the summer months.
Here’s our guide to visiting Arches in the Spring.
- What to pack
- Where to stay
- Spring weather
- Things to do
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WHAT TO PACK FOR A NATIONAL PARK TRIP IN THE SPRING
Packing for a trip in the spring means being prepared for any type of weather!
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
- Spring hiking at some national parks may mean wet trails, and even some patches of snow! You’ll want waterproof hiking boots or shoes: → Check out our favorite Merrell Moab hiking shoes!
- Hiking socks that breath… and if they prevent blisters, that’s even better: → Check out the BEST SOCKS by Darn Tough!
- Walking stick or trekking poles
3. Clothing – Layers
- Wicking and quick-drying base layers
- Fleece or insulated jacket: → Columbia fleece jackets are our favorite!
- Waterproof rain jacket
- WATER: → Use refillable water bottles or a hydration backpack
- FOOD: → Check out our list of healthy snacks
- Flashlight or headlamp
- National Park maps
- Lip protection with sunscreen
- Polarized sunglasses
- Hand lotion
- Toilet paper (carry out in a bag – do not bury)
- Hand sanitizer
- First aid kit
- Bags to pack out trash
- Cell phone
- Portable charger
- Guide books
- Camera Gear – DOWNLOAD the free camera gear checklist!
- Photography gear for hiking
Where to Stay Near Arches:
Arches National Park camping can only be done at the one small campground.
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.
- Rent an RV – have it dropped off at your vacation destination!
Spring Weather at Arches
You will encounter some of the most glorious weather while visiting in the Spring. You will also see fewer crowds than in the summer months.
If you are visiting Arches in March you can expect temperatures to range from 64 degrees as the high and dip all the way down to 35 degrees.
As April rolls in, so do warmer temperatures. Most days and nights will stay above freezing temperatures with the highs around 71 degrees Fahrenheit and the lows around 42 degrees.
In May, we start to see 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.
If you are hoping to see snow at Arches your best chance for this is in the early spring months or visiting Arches in the Winter. If you want warmer temperatures with fewer crowds then Arches in the Fall is the best time for you to plan your getaway.
Things to Do in Arches National Park in the Spring
Arches is located in Southern Utah near Moab. With so much to do and see at Arches, you will find your days full of memorable activities.
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.
While visiting take the time to go on the scenic drive. Drive the Windows section or choose to drive to Delicate Arch viewpoint.
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.
You will definitely want to take advantage of all the iconic photography locations at Arches. Delicate Arch at sunset is definitely one of the most famous images to shoot while visiting. You will have to get there early to get the perfect picture because everyone else will be trying to get the perfect shot as well.
→ CHECK OUT: 3 Day Photography Guide for Arches National Park
→ CHECK OUT: Arches National Park Photography Tips
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.
Try stargazing at
- Balanced Rock Picnic Area
- The Windows
- Garden of Eden Viewpoint
- Panorama Point
Hiking Arches Trails is a must during your visit. There are hikes for families, casual visitors who want to explore, and then the avid hikers that want a real adventure.
While hiking you will see some of the most sensational views you won’t see anywhere else.
Some of the easiest trails we recommend are Nature Trail, Balanced Rock, The Windows, Double Arch, and Delicate Arch. Some of these are paved and many are easy enough for kids to enjoy as well.
If you are looking a moderate trail then give Park Avenue a try.
For the more difficult trails, Fiery Furnace is a must as well as 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.
→ CHECK OUT Devil’s Garden Trail Guide
→ CHECK OUT 10 Amazing Hiking Trails in Arches
If you want to do Arches National Park camping in the spring, you will need to reserve a spot at Devils 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 return in the Spring months. These are great interactive programs that you can learn a lot about Arches while exploring with a park ranger. We especially recommended these if it is your first time visiting the park.
If you want to see the park in a whole new way, then explore on horseback during your trip. If you follow the regulations set forth by the National Park Service you can explore the park by horseback.
Other fun things to do include:
- Biking the park (on the road)
- Rock Climbing
- TOURS near Arches
RESOURCES TO PLAN A TRIP TO ARCHES
- Arches National Park Vacation Ideas
- Best Time to Visit Arches
- Things to Do at Arches
- Arches National Park Hiking Trails
- Arches Packing List
- Arches National Park Camping
- Where to Stay in Moab Near Arches
- Tours Near Moab, Utah