More than 1 million visitors come to Arches annually, drawn by the red rock landscape and its teasing wind- and water-carved rock formations. The park is named for the 2,500-plus sandstone arches that frame horizons, cast precious shade, and nobly withstand the withering forces of nature and time. Fancifully named attractions like Three Penguins, Queen Nefertiti, and Tower of Babel stir the curiosity, beckoning even the most delicate of travelers from roadside locales. Immerse yourself in this 73,379-acre park, but don’t lose yourself entirely—summer temperatures frequently crack 100°F, and water is hard to come by inside the park boundaries.
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Shown on the Utah license plate, Delicate Arch is reached by a somewhat strenuous 1.5-mile trail that passes Ute petroglyphs. A sunset visit is ideal.
Fiery Furnace should be visited on a ranger-led tour. A maze of narrow canyons, spires and arches densely pack this helter-skelter landscape.
Spanning 290 feet, this awesome formation is believed to be the widest arch in the world. Reach it on an easy trail less than two miles long.
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Some of the park’s most famous formations tower above the easy Park Avenue Trail, including the Three Gossips, Courthouse Towers and the Organ.
Short trails reach the Windows and Turret arches, and it’s a short walk to nearby formations such as Double Arch, Cove Arch and Parade of Elephants.
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