Arches National Park is located 4 miles from Moab in eastern Utah. The park spans over 76,000 acres, equivalent to 119 square miles.

It is a high desert landscape with elevations from 4,085 and 5,653 feet.

Arches National Park sign
Arches National Park sign

We spent a day exploring the park and hiked the area surrounding the Devils Garden and other sites.

It is a gorgeous park and definitely a must-do if you’re in the Moab area.

Landscape Arch at Arches National Park
Landscape Arch at Arches National Park
Double O arch in Arches National Park
Double O Arch
Devils Garden Trail in Arches National park
Devils Garden Trail
Balanced Rock at Arches National Park
Balanced Rock at Arches National Park

The park has over 2,000 natural sandstone arches, which is the highest density of arches anywhere in the world.

The geological structures in the park include towering spires, balanced rocks, and all types of unique formations.

North Window in Arches National Park
North Window in Arches
ridge view in Arches National Park
Ridge View
sandstone formation in Arches National Park
Sandstone formations
double o arch trail in Arches National Park
Double O Arch trail

Arches National Park first gained recognition in the 1920s when a railroad manager brought it to the attention of the National Park Service.

It was first created as a National Monument by President Hoover in 1929, and later became a National Park in 1971.

View in Arches National park
View in Arches National Park
Pinetree Arch
Pinetree Arch

With an annual precipitation of less than 10 inches, the park’s environment is both rugged and arid. Plan accordingly.

Bring lots of water, sunscreen, and a sun hat.

The spectacles in Arches National Park
The Spectacles in Arches National Park

Devils Garden Campground

Devils Garden Campground is Arches National Park’s sole campground. you can reserve campsites from March 1 to October 31.

Campsites are reserved as soon as they open up.

Without a reservation, finding a campsite within the park is unlikely.

From November through February, campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

broken arch in Arches National Park
Broken Arch

Both RVs and tent campers are welcome at Devils Garden Campground.

There are no hookups for RVs, but drinking water and flush toilets are available.

Dark Sky Park

Arches National Park is recognized as being an official Dark Sky Park.

milky way at Arches National Park
Park Ranger Dark Sky program

The park hosts numerous events about astronomy in the dark night skies.

In the image above, a Park Ranger is showcasing the night skies using a telescope. The milky way is hard to miss!

Getting There

Arches National Park has been seeing a significant rise in visitors each year.

It typically has over 1.5 million visitors per year, which increased to 1.8 million in 2021.

delicate arch at sunset with tourists
Delicate Arch at sunset with lots of tourists

To accommodate growing tourism while preserving the park’s integrity, a timed entry reservation system has been implemented for visits between April and October, during the hours of 7am to 4pm.

Line of cars waiting to get in to Arches National Park
Lines of cars and RVs waiting to get into Arches National Park

Arches National Park is located just a few miles from Moab.

To avoid traffic, you can bike to it from the Goose Island Campground using the bike path, but you’ll have a big hill to climb once you enter the visitor gates of the park.