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Plan Your Visit to Arches

Plan on spending at least a few hours in Arches, exploring the paved, 18-mile scenic drive and several of the viewpoints and short trails. If time permits, longer hikes lead to many spectacular rock formations. You will be returning and exiting the park on the same road. Visit our Things to See and Things to Do web pages to discover some of the fantastic sights and activities that can be part of your visit. 

Moon over Balanced Rock NPS photo

Arches National Park is open 24 hours a day, year-round.
Visitor Center hours: Arches Visitor Center is open daily. Hours vary by season.
The visitor center is closed December 25th.

DIRECTIONS Arches National Park is located in Southeastern Utah, 5 miles (8 km) north of the city of Moab on U.S. Highway 191. If you are coming from the north, take I-70 (exit 182) and drive south on US 191 for 22 miles (35.4 km). Click here for more detailed information on getting to Arches.

PARK MAP: The  park map shows all the roads and trails in the park. You will receive a copy of the park map when you enter the park (if the fee booth is open). You may also purchase the map from CNHA's web store. or download it here.

From March through October, visitationArches Entrance Station Webcam at Arches is extremely high.
These holidays and weekends are especially busy:
• The weeks surrounding Easter (date varies)
• Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
• Labor Day (first Monday in September)
• Utah Education Association break (in October - date varies)

To avoid lines at the entrance gates and crowding in parking lots, plan on visiting the park before 8:00 am. or after 3:00 pm.

See how busy it is now on the live Arches entrance station webcam.

 ENTRANCE FEES: Fees can be paid at the park entrance station or online at pay.gov. Admission is good for seven days.

• Private Vehicle Fee (15 passengers max) - $30.00
• Motorcycle Fee - $25.00
• Per Person (bicyclists, hikers, and pedestrians) - $15.00. Youth 15 and under are admitted free.

PASSES You can purchase annual passes for parks in southeast Utah as well as annual and lifetime passes for all federal lands at the entrance station.

Southeast Utah Parks Pass (annual) - $55.00
Valid for one year through the month of purchase to Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Hovenweep and Natural Bridges national monuments. Admits one private, non-commercial vehicle or the pass holder and three persons (16 years and older) when per-person fees are charged. 

America The Beautiful Annual PassThe America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites across the United States.
These passes cover:
• entrance fees at national parks and national wildlife refuges
• standard amenity fees (day-use fees) at national forests and grasslands and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land • Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Army Corps of Engineers

Available passes:
Annual Pass
Annual Pass for U.S. Military
4th Grade Pass
Senior Pass
Access Pass
Volunteer Pass

Learn more at: https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm


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