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Milky Way at Delicate Arch
Milky Way at Delicate Arch

Minimal light pollution from surrounding communities affects Arches' dark night skies. On a clear night, patient visitors can view the timeless drama of the heavens in astounding detail.

NPS photo by Jacob W. Frank

Guided walks provide an in-depth view
Guided walks provide an in-depth view

Joining a ranger for a guided walk is a great way to learn about the park and its plant, animal, and geologic residents. Fiery Furnace tours (fee charged, reservable through Recreation.gov) and other short walks (free, open to all visitors) occur daily; inquire for details at the visitor center.

NPS photo by Andrew Kuhn

Wildflowers decorate the scenic drive
Wildflowers decorate the scenic drive

Spring wildflowers add a dazzling splash of color to the desert. Arches receives only 8-10 inches (20-25cm) of precipitation each year, so desert plants must be hardy. Small leaves, short stature, and brief bloom times are common desert-survival adaptations.

NPS photo by Neal Herbert

Winter at Balanced Rock
Winter at Balanced Rock

A light dusting of snow is like icing on the cake, making an already-photogenic place even more beautiful. Balanced Rock seems to defy gravity, but its massive boulder is attached to the pedestal with the same natural cement that bonds all the park's sandstone: calcite.

NPS photo by Jacob W. Frank

Sunset lights up the fins near Sand Dune Arch
Sunset lights up the fins near Sand Dune Arch

Shortly after sunrise and before sunset, low-angle sunlight intensifies the orange and red of park sandstone, seeming to light it on fire. One area of the park was named the "Fiery Furnace" for this visual effect.

NPS photo by Neal Herbert

Sunset lights up the fins near Sand Dune Arch
Sunset lights up the fins near Sand Dune Arch

In the hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset, low-angle sunlight intensifies the red of the sandstone, making it almost seem to catch fire.

NPS photo by Neal Herbert

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Arches National Park

Visit Arches and discover a landscape of contrasting colors, landforms and textures unlike any other in the world. The park has over 2,000 natural stone arches, in addition to hundreds of soaring pinnacles...[more]

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Arches National Park
PO Box 907
Moab, UT 84532
Email:archinfo@nps.gov

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Arches National Park is located in southeast Utah: 5 miles north of Moab, Utah 110 miles southwest of Grand Junction, Colorado 160 miles northwest of Durango, Colorado 236 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah 360 miles southwest of Denver, Colorado Travel by Plane Commercial airlines serve Grand Junction, Durango, Moab and Salt Lake City. Travel by Bus Nationwide bus service is available to Green River, Utah (50 miles from Moab) and Grand Junction. Travel by Train Amtrak stops at Grand Junction and Green River. Shuttles & Taxis Commercial van services and taxis operate between Grand Junction, Moab and other destinations.For additional information on transportation options in and around Moab, contact the Grand County Travel Council. Getting Around the Park Most visits to Arches involve traveling by personal vehicle along the scenic drive, which provides access to many viewpoints and trailheads. The park does not provide a shuttle bus service.

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