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If you plan to visit Arches National Park, you’ll need to know what to pack.

The climate and altitude in southeast Utah can be harsh if you’re not prepared with the right clothing, hydration, food, personal items and hiking gear.

We are lucky to live close enough to visit the park at various times of the year so we have a good understanding of what should be on your Arches National Park Packing List!

Click to download the summer and winter packing lists for Arches:

Arches National Park packing list

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The first thing on any packing list when you are visiting national parks in the US: National Parks Pass!

The America the Beautiful Annual Pass costs $80 and is valid for one year from the date of purchase. For the most current information on passes, reference the National Park Service website.

The pass allows two signatures so it can be shared, and the two people don’t have to be related. You will need to show photo ID each time you use the pass.

Order passes online or get them at any of these Federal Recreation Areas.

We like to BUY THE PASS AT REI because we can get it right away… and they will donate 10% of sales to the National Park Foundation.


Hiking Gear for Arches National Park

Don’t overlook the important of sturdy hiking shoes when visiting Arches National Park. Sneakers and sandals aren’t the best when walking on the slickrock at Arches. 

TIP: Avoid blisters on your feet by wearing Darn Tough Socks!

Waterproof hiking boots or shoes

WINTER: Insulated boots

Darn Tough socks – the BEST socks ever – really!

Trekking poles


Clothing to Wear at Arches National Park

Wicking is important for any clothing that touches skin. Wicking fabric pulls moisture (sweat) away from you and moves it to the fabric’s outer surface, where it can dry quickly. This type of clothing lets you break a sweat without feeling clammy or chilled.

TIP: Layers are your friend, especially if you’ll visit Arches in the winter.

Wicking, quick-drying clothing: underclothes, shirts, pants or shorts

Fleece jacket

Rain jacket

WINTER: Insulated jacket

Bandana or buff headband

Brimmed sun hat

WINTER: Insulating hat

WINTER: Insulating gloves, photographer gloves

Hiking Gear List

Daypack Items for Arches National Park

Hydration at Arches is so important due to the climate and altitude in the southeastern part of Utah.

READ: Hydration Basics by REI.

Reusable water bottle

Hydration system

Healthy snacks

Map of Arches National Park


Lip balm – you’ll feel the dry air at Arches!

Hand lotion – your skin will be happy!


Toilet paper

Disposable urination device & feminie hygiene products

Toilet bags

Hand sanitizer or wet wipes

First aid kit

Bags to pack out trash

Other Items to Pack for an Arches Vacation

US national parks pass – why it’s a good deal

Cell phone

Portable charger

Arches guide books

Blister balm – you won’t need this if you wear Darn Tough socks (just sayin’)


Camera Equipment to Pack for a Trip to Arches

The photos you’ll take at Arches National Park will be unlike any others! Make sure you have all the camera gear necessary to capture the stunning landscape beauty of Arches!

TIP: Arches Photography Guide

BEST compact travel cameras

Camera bag

BEST travel tripods

Memory cards

Extra batteries


Lightweight Travel Tripods list


→ Do you want to take WOW photos?
→ Do you want a fun place to LEARN and CHALLENGE yourself?
→ Do you want to expand your PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS?


Arches National Park packing list