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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.

Why the US National Park Pass is a good deal!


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. 

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 at Arches National Park

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 HATinsulating hat

WINTER GLOVES – Insulating glovesphotographer gloves

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

• 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 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!

BEST compact travel cameras

Camera bag

BEST travel tripods

Memory cards

• Extra batteries


3 Day Itinerary for Arches & Canyonlands



Visiting Arches: Travel Planning Guide

Arches in the Winter

Arches in the Fall

Arches National Park Hiking Trails


Where to Stay near Arches:

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

• Purple Sage – our all-time favorite place to stay in Moab  →Book the Purple Sage via Airbnb

• 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!

• Condos south of town – we really like the King size bed in the master, washer and dryer in the unit and a swimming pool/hot tub (just a 5 minute drive south of Moab)


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Arches National Park Packing List