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Things to Know for Your Visit to Arches


SAFETY TIPS Hydration is essential in the desert, even in winter.
Take lots of water with you and drink it often as you explore the park. Water is available at the visitor center, the Devils Garden Campground, and at the Devils Garden Trailhead. Protect yourself from the sun by using sunscreen, wearing a hat and light-colored clothing. Wear sturdy shoes.

How to Protect the Park

Biological Soil Crust - NPS photo

WATCH YOUR STEP Avoid walking on the dark, bumpy biological soil crusts. Soil crust is made up of living organisms that help control erosion and hold moisture.
Walk only on trails, rock or in sandy washes. Keep all vehicles on designated roads.

PROTECT EPHEMERAL POOLS (potholes)  Sandstone basins are home to a variety of life. Tiny organisms depend on the water in these shallow pools. To protect these life forms, please do not swim, bathe, or drink the water in desert potholes, and do not walk through dry ones.

KEEP OFF THE ARCHES To promote visitor safety and the opportunity for others to view natural features undisturbed, climbing, scrambling, walking or standing upon, or rappelling off any arch is prohibited in the park.

NO GRAFFITI PLEASE No one likes to see graffiti in a national park. Carving, scratching, chalking, or any type of marking is illegal and unsightly. If you see someone marking on the rocks, please report it to a ranger. 

Answers to Common Questions

Rainbow over Arches EntranceWHAT'S THE WEATHER LIKE? Check CNHA's Moab Weather page for seasonal weather information and current conditions. You can also stop by the Moab Information Center, on the corner of Main and Center Street, or the latest weather, road and trail conditions.

CAN I RIDE MY ATV/UTV IN ARCHES? ATVs, UTVs and OHVs are not permitted in the park. Motorbikes must be highway-legal.

CAN I BRING MY PET? Pets are welcome at Arches National Park, but activities with pets are limited. Pets must be leashed at all times. Please clean up after your pet. Pets may not be left unattended (except in a paid-for campsite in Devils Garden Campground, where they must not cause a disturbance). You may have your pet with you on all park roads, in parking areas, picnic areas and in Devils Garden Campground. Pets are not allowed at overlooks, on any hiking trails, or anywhere off-trail, or in the visitor center. Car temperatures rise quickly in the sun, even on cool days. Your pet can easily die of heat exhaustion. If you are leaving a pet in a car, crack the windows as much as possible and leave water to drink. We recommend you not leave pets in the car at all when temperatures are above 68 degrees F (20 degrees C), even with the windows cracked.

ARE FOOD AND FUEL AVAILABLE IN THE PARK? There is no food available in Arches  except for limited trail snacks items at the visitor center store. There are no fuel, lodging or other services in the park, The nearest services are in the town of Moab, 5 miles south of Arches on Highway 191.

WILL MY CELL PHONE WORK IN ARCHES? Coverage at Arches is spotty. Service varies between carriers. As a rule of thumb, signals are strongest wherever the La Sal Mountains are visible. Areas with reliable cell phone coverage for most carriers include: Arches Visitor Center, Balanced Rock, Panorama Point, Delicate Arch (at end of trail only), Salt Valley Overlook, and Fiery Furnace Viewpoint.

CAN I FLY MY DRONE IN ARCHES? No. Launching, landing, or operating unmanned aircraft (such as drones, quadcopters, or model airplanes) is prohibited. Read more about the prohibition on drones here.

CAN I HAVE A WEDDING CEREMONY IN ARCHES? Yes. You will need a wedding permit to hold a ceremony in the park.

CAN I SCATTER ASHES IN ARCHES? Yes. You will need a memorialization permit.

Sunset at Windows with Super Moon - NPS photo by Jacob W. Frank


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