Plan Your VisitArches National Park
Visiting Arches National Park
Plan on spending at least a few hours in Arches, exploring the paved, 18-mile (29 km) 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 Do page to discover some of the fantastic sights and activities that can be part of your visit.You can also camp at The Devils Garden Campground, just 18 miles from the park entrance. This is a beautiful campground where sites are nestled among slickrock outcroppings.
Arches National Park is open 24 hours a day, year-round.
Note: the entrance road can sometimes close in winter for short periods after winter storms.
Visitor Center Hours
Arches Visitor Center is open daily. Hours vary by season.
(Please check the park’s Operating Hours & Seasons page at NPS.gov for current information.)
The visitor center is closed December 25th.
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) to the park entrance.
The official park map shows all the roads and trails in Arches National Park. You will receive a copy when entering the park (if the fee booth is open). The map can also be downloaded from NPS.gov, or you can purchase a copy of the park brochure that includes the map at the Arches Visitor Center, the Moab Information Center, or from CNHA’s web store.
When is the Best Time to Visit?
The park is open 24 hours/day, 365 days/year.
However, the visitor center hours vary by season. Call (435) 719-2299 for current information.
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.
When is Arches busiest?
From March through October, visitation at Arches is high. These holidays and weekends are especially busy:
- The weeks surrounding Easter (date varies, in 2020: April 5-19)
- Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
- Labor Day (first Monday in September)
- Utah Education Association break (dates vary, usually third weekend in October)
Tickets will be required from 6am to 5pm daily April 3 to October 3, 2022.
The park will release tickets first-come, first-served on recreation.gov three months in advance in monthly blocks according to the following schedule:
- January 3 at 8 am MST: April reservations (April 3–30)
- February 1 at 8 am MST: May reservations (May 1–31)
- March 1 at 8 am MST: June reservations (June 1–30)
- April 1 at 8 am MDT: July reservations (July 1–30)
- May 1 at 8 am MDT: August reservations (August 1–31)
- June 1 at 8 am MDT: September reservations (September 1–30)
- July 1 at 8 am MDT: October reservations (October 1–3)
A limited number of tickets will be available to purchase one day prior to entry at 6pm MDT through recreation.gov.
For more information, click here.
Fees can be paid at the park entrance station or online at Pay.gov. Admission to Arches National Park is good for seven days.
- Private Vehicle Fee – $30.00
(15 passengers max)
- Motorcycle Fee – $25.00
- Per Person (bicyclists, hikers, and pedestrians) – $15.00
Youth 15 and under are admitted free.
You can purchase passes at park entrance stations or visitor centers.
Southeast Utah Parks Pass
Annual – $55.00
Valid for one year through the month of purchase to Arches and Canyonlands national parks and Natural Bridges national monument. 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
The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series
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
- Annual Pass – $80
- Current U.S. Military Annual Pass – Free
- 4th Grade Pass for U.S. students in the 4th grade – Free
- Senior Pass – $80 (lifetime), $20 (annual)
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