Arches National Park Vacation Ideas
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Use this Arches National Park travel guide and the information below to plan your trip to visit this park with unique landscapes.
You’ll find tips for things to do, hiking trails, scenic drives and photography spots as well as best times to visit, where to stay and what to pack.
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Arches National Park Packing List
DOWNLOAD and print the packing checklist for Arches National Park!
- Merrell Moab hiking shoes or Oboz hiking shoes
- Darn Tough hiking socks
- Water – carry a hydration pack or a refillable water bottle in your backpack
- Healthy food that’s portable and filling!
- Columbia fleece jacket
- Wicking, quick-drying clothing
- Lip balm with UV protection
- Sun protection – sunscreen (even in the winter) and a sunhat
- UV sunglasses are good for summer and winter
- Travel hand sanitizer
- Flashlight or headlamp
- Arches National Park guide books and maps
- First aid kit
- Insect repellent
- Camera gear – DOWNLOAD the free checklist!
A Photo Tour of Arches National Park
Take a visual tour through Arches National Park to see the stunning landscapes you’ll see when you visit!
Timed Entry at Arches National Park
Arches is has a TIMED ENTRY program that runs April through October:
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.
If you don’t have a ticket, you can still enter the park BEFORE 6am or AFTER 5pm. Those are the best times for Arches National Park photography and avoiding the crowds anyway!
There are important things to know about visiting Arches during each season. Check out these lists of the things to do, and what to expect at Arches during the spring, summer, fall and winter.
- Arches National Park in the Spring
- Arches National Park in the Summer
- Arches National Park in the Fall
- Arches National Park in the Winter
Arches National Park Vacation Ideas
Visiting Arches National Park With Kids
Everything you need to know about visiting Arches National Park with kids and toddlers.
List of the Best Arches National Park Photo Spots
Here’s a list of our favorite Arches National Park photo spots with tips for the best times to photograph each location.
Best Photo Spots For Sunrise at Arches National Park
List of the best places for Arches National Park sunrise photography and camera gear you’ll need to pack.
Delicate Arch Sunset Hike: 10 Important Things To Know
Reasons why sunset is the ideal time to view the iconic rocky masterpiece in Arches National Park.
10 Best Hikes at Arches National Park
There are many easy-to-moderate hikes at Arches National Park that are suited well for experienced and beginner hikers alike.
Landscape Arch Hike: One Of The Best Hikes In Arches National Park
Guide to hiking to Landscape Arch and all the other arches you can see along the trail!
Skyline Arch Hike – Arches National Park Utah
Skyline Arch is a quick and easy hike that almost anyone can do that leads to an impressive arch!
The Best Things To Do In Arches National Park If You Don’t Hike
Not a fan of hiking? Check out this non-hiking guide to explore Arches National Park.
Arches National Park in One Day: A Complete Guide
Plan the perfect 24 hour visit to Arches National Park.
Best 2 Days Arches National Park Itinerary
Arches National Park 2 day itinerary to see the best arches in the park.
Visiting Arches National Park in Winter What You Need to Know
Guide to beat the crowds, stay safe, and have a wonderful time exploring Arches in the winter.
Arches & Canyonlands National Park in One Day: Best Things to See
Yes, you can see Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in one day!
Arches VS Canyonlands: WHERE to Visit if You're Short on Time?
How do you choose which part to visit: Arches or Canyonlands?
9 Amazing Tours of Arches National Park to Book on Your Next Trip to Moab
Sometimes you can get even more out of your trip by going with a guide. Read all about the best tours of Arches National Park, and even nearby Canyonlands, Dead Horse Point and the surrounding area of Moab!
13 Moab Airbnbs That Will Make You Want to Pack Up and Move to the Desert
There are tons of Moab Airbnbs to choose from, and we’ve narrowed down the list to 13 of the very best.
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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.
- Places to Stay Near Arches National Park
- Hotels Near Arches National Park
- Places to Stay Near Arches National Park with Kids
- Arches National Park Camping
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 Near Arches – we really like rentals with a kitchen, washer and dryer and amenities like a swimming pool and hot tub.