The Arches National Park is a natural red rock wonderland located in the US. The park is popular for its Delicate Arch, a number of soaring pinnacles, and balanced monumental rocks. It preserves more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches. Around 43 arches of the park have collapsed due to the erosion that began in the 1970s. The Arches Park is one of the most visited destinations in the US.
Animals and birds at the park
The park seems lifeless in its first look. However, it is a habitat of many animals. Different animals at the park can be spotted during different seasons. Rodents, birds and lizards are most frequently sighted. The desert is hot during the day, thus only a few animals can be seen in the park. Some of the diurnal animals at the park are: hawks, lizards, antelope squirrels, eagles, snakes, chipmunks, and rock squirrels.
At night the nocturnal animals such as woodrats, bats, kangaroo rats, skunks, mountain lions, owl, etc. are seen hunting for their prey. Crepuscular animals (the animals that are highly active during dawn and dusk) also reside in the park. Some of the animals belonging to the crepuscular group includes black-tailed jackrabbits, coyotes, desert cottontails, mule deer, porcupines, and a number of songbirds.
Activities at the park
Visitors may enjoy various activities at the park including backpacking, biking, camping, canyoneering, commercial tours, hiking, horseback riding, photography, ranger-led programs and rock climbing.
Hiking trails in the Arches National Park
Here is a list of the hiking trails in the Arches National Park categorized according to the level of the hikers:
- The Balanced Rock trail featuring length of 0.3 mi/0.5 km round trip takes you around the base of a delicate, beautiful rock formation.
- The Broken Arch trail begins from the Sand Dune Arch parking area and leads you to the campground.
- The Courthouse Wash Rock Art Panel trail has a length of 1 mile (1.6 km) round trip.
- Other easy trails include Delicate Arch Viewpoint, Double Arch, Landscape Arch, Sand Dune Arch, Skyline Arch, and The Windows.
- The Park Avenue trail starts from the Park Avenue parking area, descends steeply into a striking canyon, and ends at Courthouse Towers.
- The Tower Arch trail begins at the Klondike Bluffs parking area, via the Salt Valley road and is a 3.4-mile-long trail.
- The Delicate Arch trail is the most picked trail. It begins from the Wolfe Ranch parking area. It takes around 2-3 hours to complete this trail.
- The Devils Garden Primitive Loop trail is one of the longest maintained trails in the Arches National Park. It starts from Devils Garden Trailhead parking area. You would need around 3-5 hours to complete this trail.
- The Double O Arch trail begins from the Devils Garden Trailhead parking area and features challenging climbs.
- The Fiery Furnace is a maze-like structure built by narrow cut canyons. No specific trails are there in this area which has been damaged by frequent visits of tourists.
- Another interesting thing to see in the Arches National Park is the Petroglyphs made by Ute tribe. These are an evidence of the human habitation in this region since the last ice age.
Arches National Park Map
Arches National Park Facts
- The Arches National Park was designated as a National Monument on April 12, 1929.
- The park is managed by the National Park Service.
- It covers an area of 76,679 acres.
- The park’s highest elevation (5,653 feet) is at Elephant Butte.
Where is Arches National Park?
The Arches National Park is situated in eastern Utah. The park can be reached within 20 minutes from the Canyonlands Field (airport) in Moab.
Best Time To Visit Arches National Park
The best time to visit the Arches National Park is spring and fall season, because when daytime temperatures are generally between 60° and 80°F (16°-27°C), the nights are cool making the park a heaven for hikers. Moreover, the winds in the spring season are not dangerous.
Arches National Park Hours
The Arches National Park opens round the clock on all days. The visitor center opens from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on all days except on December 25.
Arches National Park Tickets
Individual pass costs $10, while for vehicles the entry fee is $25. The tickets are valid for seven consecutive days.
Nearby Attractions: Canyonlands Ballooning, Hell’s Revenge, Canyonland National Park, Corona Arch, RedRock Astronomy, Dead Horse Point State Park, and Castle Valley.
2017 Fee Free Days
16 January : Martin Luther King Jr. Day
20 February : Presidents Day
15 – 16 April and 22 – 23 : Weekends of National Park
25 August : National Park Service Birthday
30 September : National Public Lands day
11 – 12 November : Veterans Day Weekend
Published On: Tuesday, February 25th, 2014