Arches National Park is one of my favorite national parks. No matter how many times you go it never fails to awe.
The first time I went was in August of 2014 and the second time was in March of 2017. In my opinion, March is a MUCH better time to visit than August. It was 80 something, but that’s definitely better than August’s 100+ temperatures. No matter when you choose to visit Arches National Park be sure to take lots of water!
I highly recommend visiting Arches National Park in the off season (Early Spring / Fall). Not only is it not as hot during the off season, but the park is also not as crowded and it is a lot easier to find parking spots at trail-heads. When a friend and I visited in August, we couldn’t get a parking spot at the Delicate Arch trail-head parking lot and had to skip that hike. Park Rangers are very strict about the parking (they have to be to in order to protect the natural features of the park) so be sure to only park in designated parking spots.
Winter is also an option, however, the park does receive snow, so keep that in mind. Some of the facilities may not be operating during the off season – i.e. certain bathrooms may be closed or the water filling stations may be shut off.
There are no food services within the park, so I highly recommend packing a picnic lunch, as well as snacks. It’s important to slow down and enjoy the beauty of Arches National Park and having a picnic in the middle of gorgeous scenery is a great way to do so. Please remember to pack out all trash 🙂
Moab, Utah is 10 minutes from Arches National Park and offers the closest food and gas. There are many hotels in Moab as well as campgrounds in the surrounding area. The Virginian Motel is a nice motel in the center of Moab that is dog friendly. We stayed there in March and it was very clean and the owners and staff were friendly. We walked from the motel around town and found a place to eat. Zax Restaurant and Peace Tree Juice Cafe are couple of places in town that have good food. Moab Coffee Roasters is a nice coffee shop.
Top things I recommend doing / seeing:
- Drive the park road & stop at overlooks
- Delicate Arch hike
- Landscape Arch hike
- Talking to Park Rangers (they have the best info)
- Visit Moab
- Visit Canyonlands National Park
Things still on my bucket list:
- 4 wheel drive trails within the park
- Double O Arch Trail
- Broken Arch Trail
- Tower Arch Trail
- Park Avenue Trail
- Double Arch Trail
- Watch sunrise & sunset at Delicate Arch
I hope you enjoy your trip to Arches National Park!