Arches National Park Packing List for Summer and Winter

If you’re planning an Arches National Park vacation, 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!

You can download the packing list below!

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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

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. 

• HIKING SHOES – our favorite are Merrell Moab hiking shoes of course!

• WINTER BOOTS – you’ll want Insulated boots for winter hiking – there won’t be much snow, but it will be cold!

• HIKING SOCKS – Darn Tough socks are the BEST socks ever – really!


Clothing to Wear

Wicking is important for any clothing that touches skin. The awesome thing about wicking fabric is it 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, and it’s perfect for the desert climate found at Arches.

It’s all about the LAYERS when doing outdoor activity.

• CLOTHING – wicking, quick-drying clothing: underclotheslong sleeve UV shirtspants or shorts

FLEECE JACKET is a staple clothing item for outdoor adventure! 



• HEAD WEAR – bandana, buff headband or brimmed sun hat

• WINTER HAT – insulating hat

• WINTER GLOVES – Insulating glovesphotographer gloves

Daypack Items

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 & feminine hygiene products

Toilet bags

Hand sanitizer or wet wipes

First aid kit

• Bags to pack out trash

Other Items to Pack

• Cell phone

Portable charger

Arches guide books & maps 

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


Camera Equipment to Pack

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!

BEST compact travel cameras

Camera bag

BEST travel tripods

Memory cards

• Extra batteries

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

  • 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!
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