Fiery Furnace
Fiery Furnace
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Excellent hike, especially with a guide, and a wonderful opportunity for sunset photos.
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  • Andy J
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great time, but app guidance important.
    I did the self-guided hike with 3 kids (age 10,11,13) on a weekend afternoon and had a great time. We went counterclockwise and did the spur to Surprise Arch (but not skull arch spur). It took us around 3 hours, at a slightly relaxed pace with a few stops. We only saw one other party (and briefly heard sounds of another). Depending on their rock scrambling confidence, I wouldn't take kids much younger on this (at one spot, I would have had to carry my particularly small 7 yr old daughter on my back, if she'd been with us). Though the park ranger at orientation asked that visitors not use the "All Trails app" (just because its not 'authorized'), I did utilize another similar app, CalTopo. It proved a very important for navigating our trip (in fact, I would only go in without it if I was planning for just do out/back and retrace my steps, or I planned for a significantly longer trip with much more trial/error pathfinding).
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 May 2024
  • DontStopExploring
    Winnipeg, Canada1,227 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Hike in the Park
    My husband and I did the self-guiding hike. We downloaded the map from the AllTrails app which worked about 85% of the time. We picked up our permit and watched the short film the day before and set out around 8:30 the next morning. We went counterclockwise as this is the best way to spot the arrows. The trail starts from the parking lot close to the viewpoint on a sandy trail and quickly descends into a scramble to the bottom. This is where you see the most arrows. When you’re finally at the bottom, the real fun starts. We managed to find skull arch with not a lot of difficulty and headed back to the main trail. I’d say you’re scrambling 80% of the time. You must be sure-footed and like an adventure. There’s some exposure and tight squeezes through the sandstone fins. It’s a lot of fun. If you go with an open mind, you’ll have fun too. We finished in just under 3 hours.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 May 2024
  • dcjer2015
    Washington DC, District of Columbia47 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved it!
    We were fortunate enough to get tickets to the ranger-guided tour after three misses for our last day in the park. It was well worth the effort! Great scenery and a really fun hike. Paris did a great job leading our group, offering informative commentary on the scenery and fauna as well as useful guidance for the sometimes-challenging terrain. We were definitely glad to do the guided tour so as not to get lost, consistent with most of the commentary we’d seen ahead of time. We got some slightly confusing advice from the ranger at the visitor center when we picked up our tickets who suggested that if we weren’t comfortable with the moderate level of difficulty that we should do it on our own. (I think probably just not doing it at all would be the more prudent course under those circumstances - but they seem mainly and understandably concerned about getting anyone who might spoil it for everyone off the group hike).
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 May 2024
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FloydFreedom
Michigan16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
This was a great family hike (Ages 57, 55, 19, and 13). The trail is not well marked and you will get "lost" for a little while many times. It gets especially confusing in the middle of the trail, but if the way seems too difficult you are going the wrong way. Eventually you make it out. We were on the trail for about 3.5 hours. There are a few challenging sections, but my not particularly brave wife made it through with only a few scares.

You need to get one of the limited passes in advance. We went in early March and were first in line at the visitor's center on a Sunday. Tickets were already sold out. You can get passes 7 days in advance and we got them for the next day.

This hike is well worth the effort.
Written 3 March 2020
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travelingal31
Kansas20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
You need a permit to access the Fiery Furnace and they are available on recreation.gov a week in advance. There are no crowds in the Fiery Furnace because of the limit of permits, which was one of the reasons we liked it so much!!!

In the summer, I recommend picking up your permit the day before, so you can get an early start on the day of your hike. If not, you have to meet with the rangers which took about 30 minutes and then it is a 30 minute drive. The earliest you could start is nine.

We started at 7 am. The entire hike was in the shade, except the last 5-10 minutes when you were finishing. We each brought 1/2 gallon of water, and had about 16-20 oz of water prior to hiking. There are lots of beautiful places just to take water/snack breaks.

My teenagers loved all the scrambling and rock climbing. There are narrow parts, steep parts, but there are also just times when you are walking in a sandy wash and it is like a normal hike in the most beautiful place.

We downloaded the AllTrails app, and it helped us. We felt like we didn't miss too many arrows, but about 4-5 times we would get to a section and literally felt like we had no idea which direction to head next. Even using the app, we would have to backtrack to get back on track quite a bit, but we never felt totally "lost."
Written 22 July 2021
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dcjer2015
Washington DC, DC0 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We were fortunate enough to get tickets to the ranger-guided tour after three misses for our last day in the park. It was well worth the effort! Great scenery and a really fun hike. Paris did a great job leading our group, offering informative commentary on the scenery and fauna as well as useful guidance for the sometimes-challenging terrain. We were definitely glad to do the guided tour so as not to get lost, consistent with most of the commentary we’d seen ahead of time. We got some slightly confusing advice from the ranger at the visitor center when we picked up our tickets who suggested that if we weren’t comfortable with the moderate level of difficulty that we should do it on our own. (I think probably just not doing it at all would be the more prudent course under those circumstances - but they seem mainly and understandably concerned about getting anyone who might spoil it for everyone off the group hike).
Written 28 May 2024
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austinfamilyof4
Austin528 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
I have been to Arches National Park many times over the past 30 years and never did this hike. Our hotel concierge recommended it, and we are so glad we did it! You must get a permit at the Visitor's Center, and they only sell a limited number of permits each day (so buy early!). After purchasing the permit you must watch a short video about the hike (don't litter, don't walk on the bio-crust, etc)
The trail is marked with arrows that can be hard to see (they are the same color as the rock). You are also welcome to veer off trail as long as you stay off the bio-crust. The trail can be challenging in places, requiring you to squeeze through narrow areas and scramble over rocks, but it is beautiful. As a side benefit, since permits are limited, there are very few other people on the trail. We only saw a few.
We did the whole trail, stopping for a brief lunch, in about two hours. We didn’t get lost. I wish we had spent a little more time going off trail to explore some of the dead ends, but because this was our first visit to the Fiery Furnace we were not sure how long the hike would take.
Written 28 March 2020
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TotalOfFive
chicago73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Self guided and loved it but...
The ranger video and short presentation make this out to be a hike where you can get off course/wander, and enjoy being lost. - don't believe it. We had an AllTrails map and used it because you can easily get off trail. Because of the map we were able to find our way back when we got a little lost. We ran into several groups who were lost and had been for an hour or more. They were exhausted, frustrated, and frightened. One group actually followed us because we knew where we were going - thank you AllTrails. Download the app when you have wifi because there isn't any at the site. As always, take more water than you think you will need. Use a hydration pack, not a hand held water bottle. There is LOTS of scrambling, four or five short slot canyons, and a few places where you have to jump on to the next part of the trail. Don't be fooled by the fact that it is two miles. It is a very dynamic adventure, not a hike. The arches are easy to miss because they aren't signed as such. They are at the end of paths that are signed as "dead end". It was exciting, scary, difficult and all around fun. Don't go alone, takes lots of water, use the AllTrails app.
Written 10 October 2022
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DontStopExploring
Winnipeg, Canada389 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
My husband and I did the self-guiding hike. We downloaded the map from the AllTrails app which worked about 85% of the time. We picked up our permit and watched the short film the day before and set out around 8:30 the next morning. We went counterclockwise as this is the best way to spot the arrows. The trail starts from the parking lot close to the viewpoint on a sandy trail and quickly descends into a scramble to the bottom. This is where you see the most arrows. When you’re finally at the bottom, the real fun starts. We managed to find skull arch with not a lot of difficulty and headed back to the main trail. I’d say you’re scrambling 80% of the time. You must be sure-footed and like an adventure. There’s some exposure and tight squeezes through the sandstone fins. It’s a lot of fun. If you go with an open mind, you’ll have fun too. We finished in just under 3 hours.
Written 20 May 2024
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Kent B
0 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
I was a bit intimidated about this hike - but, this ended up being the most fun I've EVER had on any hike! Juliet was absolutely wonderful. She kept a great pace with meaningful breaks throughout the entire morning. Juliet also demonstrated all of the technical aspects perfectly and made these sections interesting and fun - not scary or intimidating. This was absolutely the highlight of our 5 week adventure out west! Thank you, Juliet!!
Written 30 May 2023
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Tina-Marie K
Atlanta, GA46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
I was a lucky one and got tickets into the Fiery Furnace. Apparently there is an app of the trial you can download which came in handy for a lot of folks ... NOT US!!! I didn't even know about this until someone inside was offering us help to get back on the right path. The arrows they have in some places blend in so well, it's hard to find. This is especially in the rock climbing spots. Overall we had a great time, even if we got lost a few times and had to back track. I do recommend going early because once that sun comes out, you'll know why it's called the fiery furnace. Would we do it again, YES but with the app!!
Written 28 April 2023
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Jennifer B.
0 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
The Fiery Furnace is open again after a year and a half! We snagged one of the first tickers. If you get lucky enough to score a ticket, do yourself a favor and get the guide on fieryfurnacetour.com because it will save your hike! Otherwise you'll most likely get lost and won't see the hidden arches.
Written 20 June 2021
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Andy J
0 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
I did the self-guided hike with 3 kids (age 10,11,13) on a weekend afternoon and had a great time. We went counterclockwise and did the spur to Surprise Arch (but not skull arch spur). It took us around 3 hours, at a slightly relaxed pace with a few stops. We only saw one other party (and briefly heard sounds of another). Depending on their rock scrambling confidence, I wouldn't take kids much younger on this (at one spot, I would have had to carry my particularly small 7 yr old daughter on my back, if she'd been with us). Though the park ranger at orientation asked that visitors not use the "All Trails app" (just because its not 'authorized'), I did utilize another similar app, CalTopo. It proved a very important for navigating our trip (in fact, I would only go in without it if I was planning for just do out/back and retrace my steps, or I planned for a significantly longer trip with much more trial/error pathfinding).
Written 6 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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