To have a name as simply profound as “Arches,” Arches National Park had better bring it in the arch department. Not only does it provide the highest concentration of rock arches in the world, it also serves an off-the-beaten-path crowd with its opportunities for exploration.
Our four days in Arches National Park was spent hiking to many famous and obscure arches, playing in the Fiery Furnace, and staring in awe at the gorgeous sunsets that this park provides.
- Where your planning begins: NPS Website
- Our article, Choose Your Own Adventure at Arches National Park
- Our Video Highlights
- Our Facebook Photo Gallery
- Hike to the very popular Delicate Arch (early morning or evening for avoiding crowds!)
- Explore the restricted and heavily protected Fiery Furnace: the guided tour is $10/each but for $4/each you can get a self-guided permit
- Watch a sunset
- Hike to the lesser-know Tower Arch, which is a bit of a drive but worth the fairly-easy hike
- Camp just outside the park in several BLM or USFS land areas for extra quiet and solitude
- Arrive to the park early or stay late and avoid the crowds on the popular hikes
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In August 2015 we left our jobs and our home to go on a tour of all 59 National Parks across the US during the NPS Centennial year. We spent a year immersing ourselves for about 5 days in each park as we tent camped, hiked, biked, backpacked, kayaked, and climbed our way through the challenge and adventure of our lifetime.
We are Cole and Elizabeth, twenty-something Missourians turned National Parks explorers - constantly seeking to find new adventure and ourselves. Follow our journey for pictures, videos, park tips, and stories - because after all, the Parks are for sharing.