We’ve created this gallery of Arches National Park winter photos to inspire you to add this location to your bucket list!
Use this gallery and Arches National Park travel guide to know all the best things to see, do, and photograph at the park in the winter.
A trip to Arches National Park in the winter is the best because the crowds are gone. At times we feel like we have the park all to ourselves!
This guide provides all you need to know to plan a winter vacation: services available, weather, and more!
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Visiting Arches in the Winter
If you’ve ever been to Arches National Park during the busy season, you know it gets crowded.
In the winter, it’s a completely different experience. Many times you have the parking lot and hiking trails to yourself!
Arches National Park Winter Weather
We LOVE visiting Arches National Park in the winter without the crowds! But the weather can be unpredictable with snow and cold temperatures so it’s not for everyone.
Check out our guide for finding the best time to visit Arches National Park. Each season and month of the year will have different activities and services available.
Winter at Arches National Park is cold with possible rain or snow storms. Here are the temperatures you can expect during the winter months:
- Arches National Park in December: Highs 45 | Lows 23 degrees F
- Arches National Park in January: Highs 44 | Lows 22 degrees F
- Arches National Park in February: Highs 52 | Lows 35 degrees F
You won’t experience large snow storms at Arches, but even small amounts of snow or ice can make local trails and roads impassable. You can see current Arches National Park weather conditions on the NPS website.
Does it Snow at Arches National Park?
Usually Arches National Park doesn’t see large amounts of snow. But it’s common to get a dusting of snow, or even a few inches of snow, when storms roll through the area. The snow is a terrific contrast with the red rocks to create wonderful scenes to photograph!
The park road might be closed after a snowfall for several hours for plowing. Park roads, parking lots, and pullouts can still be icy, especially in shaded areas. Check at the visitor center for the latest information on road conditions.
Things to Do at Arches in the Winter
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Winter Travel Resources
Arches & Canyonlands AUDIO TOUR
“Download the app to your phone – no cell or wifi service needed. Based on your GPS location, the app takes you on a guided tour of the park and points out all the interesting features and stops. It’s like having a park ranger in the car with you.”
Arches National Park Winter Photos
Here’s a gallery of our favorite 30 Arches winter pictures and some tips for visiting when it’s cold!
We’ve organized these Arches National Park photo spots in order as you drive along the park road from the entrance and Visitor Center.
The road is paved and offers Arches National Park photo spots from the pullouts along the road or in the parking lots. Some of the arches and landmarks can be reached by a short walk from the parking lot.
When you follow the trail down and walk between the immense sandstone monoliths it feels like the real Park Avenue in New York City soaring skyscrapers on either side.
La Sal Mountain Viewpoint
Enjoy a 360-degree view of the Three Gossips, Sheep Rock, and The Organ in the Courthouse Towers area. And along the horizon you’ll see a distant view of Balanced Rock and the Windows Section.
Rain and melted snow create Arches National Park photography opportunities to capture reflections in the puddles!
La Sal Mountain Viewpoint is a great location to see and photograph sunrise at Arches National Park to amazing to see the reflected light from the rising sun cast a warm red glow on the formations.
The Courthouse Towers area has unique rock formations to photograph: Three Gossips, Sheep Rock, and The Organ.
We like the distant view from La Sal Viewpoint, but we also stop at the pullouts along the scenic drive to get up-close photos as well.
We also stop at the various pullouts along the main road to capture different views of Balanced Rock.
Here’s a fun Arches National Park fact about Balanced Rock: This massive desert rock weighs in at an estimated 3,577 tons, as much as 27 Blue Whales and stands 128 feet tall. The big rock on top is the size of three yellow school buses!
Garden of Eden
We love taking a trip during the offseason. When it snows, the contrast of the red rocks and white snow creates amazing Arches National Park winter photos!
Dress in winter clothing for the cold temperatures, even if there’s no snow!
Be sure to capture various perspectives and images as you walk around and climb Turret Arch.
With a bit of precarious scrambling, you can capture Turret Arch through the North Window. This is a popular Arches National Park photo spot, especially at sunrise.
As you hike the short trail to Double Arch, look to your left to see the Parade of Elephants, a rock formation that resembles a herd of elephants holding each others’ tails.
One of the best things about a trip to Arches National Park in the winter – empty parking lots! This parking area at Double Arch is always full during the busy times of year!
Fiery Furnace and Panorama Point
Hiking the Fiery Furnace is only open spring through fall. It requires scrambling over slickrock boulders, walking through sandy trails, squeezing between rocks and navigating narrow ledges.
During the winter it’s a great spot to take pictures at the parking lot!
You can also get a good view of Fiery Furnace from Panorama Point.
This arch cannot be viewed from the main road, it must be accessed by the popular Arches National Park hiking trail.
Delicate Arch could be a tricky Arches National Park winter hike if the trail is snow-covered or icy. Check with the Rangers to see if traction devices will be needed.
You’ll hike 3 miles roundtrip and climb 480 feet in elevation. The hike is mostly uphill and takes 1 to 1 ½ hours if you are reasonably fit.
Delicate Arch is a main attraction and will be busy all the time. It’s one of the best spots to see and photograph sunset at Arches National Park so you’ll see photographers lined up along the bowl waiting for the magical moment.
You can also view Delicate Arch from a distance. There’s a short path at the Lower Delicate Arch Viewpoint to see the arch one mile away. You can get a bit closer by hiking to the Upper Viewpoint, ½ mile with some stairs.
Sand Dune Arch
Yes, you can take a photo of this arch from the pullout, but you’ll find so many other ways to photograph this arch if you hike along the short trail to get closer to the arch.
Landscape Arch and Devil’s Garden
To see Landscape Arch you’ll need to hike 1.6 miles along the Devil’s Garden Trail. This arch is longer than a football field and the thinnest part of the archway is 8 feet thick.
There you have it! 30 ideas of winter photos you need to take at Arches National Park!!
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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.
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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.