Arches National Park
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  • YSREBOB
    3 contributions
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    Arches NP is a must stop if you are in the Moab UT area.
    We visited all five of the national parks in Utah, and I would rank Arches as number three behind Zion and Canyonlands. Arches is conveniently located close to Moab. Show up before sunrise for a unique experience. It will also help you beat the heat and the crowds. Most of the early risers are headed to Delicate Arch, but my wife and I stopped at Balancing Rock, and we had the sunrise experience to ourselves. Broken Arch and Sand Arch are easy hikes. Sand Arch seems like something out of an Indiana Jones movie!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 21 June 2023
  • Lorna B.
    Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania841 contributions
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    my favorite national park so far
    We recently visited here as part of a two-week-long road trip from our home in southeastern PA out to see Utah’s national parks. This was my favorite of the Mighty Five, since I love rock formations like the kind you see here. We had no trouble getting timed tickets for the entry time we desired (I had done my homework so knew when/how to secure them). We drove the park’s main scenic drive, stopping at various pullovers to take photos and several parking areas to explore better on foot. (If a parking lot was full, we tried again on the return drive to the Visitor’s Center.) We are not hikers but we were able to get incredible views just by taking the scenic drive. In all, we spent 7 hours here and really enjoyed our visit. Even in April, the sun was very strong here, so wear a hat and sunscreen to avoid sunburn. The Visitor Center here was the right size for such a popular national park, with a large parking lot, good exhibits and a film to view, outdoor flush toilets (accessible 24 hours a day), a gift/book store, and sufficient staff to help visitors. Since there is no café here, we ate lunch items we had packed in our car that morning. Our drive from our hotel in Green River was only 45 minutes (staying there rather than in Moab saved us some money—plus we got picnic items from the nice Love’s located here). Since we were driving to Arches from Green River and had an hour to kill before our reserved entry time, we drove the very scenic UT Rt. 128 from Rt. 70 to Moab—definitely worthwhile!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 28 June 2023
  • isthatyourdog
    Denver, Colorado514 contributions
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    Best place to watch a sunset or see the Milky Way for some time time viewing
    We camped at the camp ground and highly recommend the trail that leaves around campsite 51 and does an easy loop with stunning views an a small slot canyon/fins and hikes through an arch to come out back at the campsite. The views at sunset are stunning and the views of the sky on a moonless night with no light pollution are even more spectacular. No timed entry after 4 and no wait and even if you don't stay in the park just drive all the way to campground and park and watch the sunset !!!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 July 2023
  • joaniemaria
    Eldridge, Iowa4,744 contributions
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    Beautiful arches and hikes
    A fabulous national park. One of my favorites. I recommend hiking to Delicate arch. It is steep, but all ages can do it. The double arch hike is flat and wide. It is a great view. The lower delicate arch walk is ok, but not as impressive as the upper delicate arch hike. We ran out of time I would return and do more hikes. You could easily spend 2-3 days here if hiking.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 July 2023
  • CDTrip72
    Arlington Heights, Illinois238 contributions
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    Wonderful Place
    As you may (or better know), timed reservations are required to enter the park during the day during the heart of the travel season. As you enter in, there are only two entrance stations and for our both visits, we had to wait between 20-30 minutes to get in. It’s a little aggravating because since we already had reservations, I would assume getting in should be fairly easy but I’m assuming there were people either trying to get in without a reservation or had one for a different time. They should adopt what they did at Glacier National Park as while they also have timed reservations, they had rangers stationed before you could even get in line, and they would make sure you had a reservation first. That would save time. Anyway, once you get in it’s hard to get lost driving wise, as there is just one main road and then not that many side roads. While people will race to places like the Delicate Arch, there are actually over 2,000 arches and we enjoyed going to other ones like the landscape and skyline. Thanks to the reservation system, getting parking in most locations isn’t an issue. There are no stores or other services once you leave the visitor center, so make sure you fill up on water and other snacks. We kept to doing the easier/moderate hikes and were able to see most the park in two days but if you only have a day, you could hit the highlights as well. Definitely recommend!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Mrs K
    Liberal, Kansas80 contributions
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    Get timed ticket! Stunning views
    Be sure to get your timed ticket online! This park was A++. Everything was perfect. Bring water and sunscreen. We didn’t hike at all- just drive thru and got out for photos and we caught some sun. It’s so dry you don’t feel the heat so you need water! This is a great park for whatever your activity level. There were camping, hikers, people who needed ADA accommodation- it’s great for all. We drive thru and stayed near car and had great views and photos. It is stunning. If you plan to hike I would start out early.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 July 2023
  • carlotaTravel4fun
    636 contributions
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    Get out and see this National Park
    It turned out we did not need a timed entry as we went into the park around 6:30 so we could hike the Delicate Arch before the heat of the day. I am so glad we did as there is very little shade along the trail. The Delicate Arch was an amazing hike, and has some challenging spots, but nothing too difficult that these two average, senior citizens could not handle. There were all ages and physical abilities on this hike. There is one caution I think I should be mentioned. There are a couple of places where the path is narrow and without handrails. If someone is afraid of heights this could be a problem. If you just take your time, it is well worth the effort to see this arch. The main points of interest are off the main road with pull-outs or parking lots. Most of the trails and/or sites are located on easy, mostly flat walkways. One of our favorite was the Sand Dune Arch Trail. It is a short walk to enter a mini slot canyon and see the arch. Another easy walk was the Windows Arch (North & South) and Turret Arch. In The Devil's Garden Trail is the Landscape Arch, another great site. This is an incredible National Park and worth at the very least a drive through that I'm sure will lure you into investigating the landscape at closer range.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 July 2023
  • ATC Buses Orlando
    Orlando, Florida43 contributions
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    Great place to go if you are in Moab or UT
    Amazing display of red tones/colors along the way. It will be hot, but low humidity makes it okay. Hiking a lot, be ready to go up and down the hills, but the view is worth it. We loved it above all, Moab is a nice little city and the Wingate by Wyndham hotels made the rest of the visit worth it.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 11 July 2023
  • Karen S
    50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing geological features in a desert location.
    Having lived in a hot, but humid climate most of our life, the heat was dry and very little breezes. My brother and his wife really wanted to see this unique park. If you like geology and unique landscapes, this is the place. Much of it is desert. Huge outcroppings of geologic formations. We liked the timed entrance because the roads were not congested. We could always find a spot to pull off and park for photos. Plenty of bathrooms throughout the park. We stopped and ate sandwiches at Devil’s Garden in the picnic area. Our table was situated in a canyon and the breeze that blew through was refreshing. When we left Devil’s Garden, we had a different perspective of the park as we were descending. So many features looked very different. Many opportunities to take panoramic pictures. BE PREPARED with plenty of water for each person, take food and/or snacks, and make sure you eat salty foods.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 July 2023
  • DLP
    New Jersey3,579 contributions
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    There is no mistaking why this is a National Park
    The geological formations in this park are awe inspiring. The landscapes are beautiful. Hiking provides some astounding views, but the pull offs are just as mesmerizing. This time of year, it is hot and you should properly prepare when coming to the park, but a visit here is well worth your time.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 July 2023
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54tomas
Coral Springs, FL539 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
We saw the entire park and did a couple easy trails. I did the delicate Arch trail which is moderate. Average temperature during the was 96 degrees. Every sweat drop was worth it. We loved it and brought a picnic with us, just a great time. Met so many people from all over the world and this country sharing nature’s beauty.
Written 11 June 2024
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Michele B
California, MO10 contributions
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May 2024 • Family
Awesome experience! Again, God does not disappoint! National Parks are a treasure for sure! My favorite hike was the Sand Dune Arch hike, easy and you get to get back in the rocks!
Written 5 June 2024
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PlusSizeAdventurer
Arizona90 contributions
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May 2024 • Friends
There are NO WORDS for this National Park, like Bryce Canyon, breathtaking!! Again, NO HIKING if you can't or don't feel up to it!! Can see these amazing from Viewpoints or even your car. Plenty of bathrooms here, NO FOOD, so pack your lunches cause you can be here for a while. Balance rock, very flat and easy hike. Sand Dune Arch, so worth the effort - See my review on SAND DUNES ARCH. You can sit and look at these formations forever and use your imagination to see formation. ARCHES A MUST DO!!!
Written 1 June 2024
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STL63141
Saint Louis, MO60 contributions
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May 2024 • Family
I don't have a lot to say about the park that hasn't been said by others already. The views are astonishing just about everywhere you go. If you are considering the hike up to Delicate Arch, be advised that it is challenging, but if you are in decent health and can climb a few flights of stairs without being winded, you can probably make it no problem. And the view at the top is so much more satisfying than the ground-level view. Push yourself - you will be glad you did.
Written 1 June 2024
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MICHAEL S
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
What a great day of hiking. We were assisted by a great guide Alyssa.
She was very helpful and explained a lot of different plants and sites.
Written 30 May 2024
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Hans
Kwadendamme, The Netherlands4,168 contributions
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May 2024 • Couples
We booked our ticket on-line in advance and also had a time slot for 8 a.m. on a Thursday. The park was not to crowded and we could park our car on any parking. The walk to Broken Arch was for us the best of the day, nice walk, not crowded with people, took us about an hour towards and back.
Written 30 May 2024
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Robert B
Massanutten, VA360 contributions
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May 2024 • Couples
Magnificent and busy park. We did several short hikes but not the longer one to Delicate Arch. Sort of regret that now. However, we saw lots of other arches and amazing geological sites. There are numerous places to pull off on the road around the park. Remember, you must have a timed entry pass for Arches.
Written 30 May 2024
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tleeEvans
Houston, TX934 contributions
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May 2024 • Couples
Great NP. Good hiking areas and lots to see. Get in line at least an hour from your reservation time, as the lines get long, especially on weekends. We went over Memorial day and they were long. Parking lots fill up, but usually can find a spot in a reasonable amount of time. No flush toilets in the park, come prepared for outhouse time bathrooms. Lines can form for those as well. The film at the visitor center is very good and recommend you to take time to watch it. Bring your own food in, as there are no restaurants or food services anywhere in the park. Moab is close, but you would to want to leave the park to get food and then have to get back in line to enter. Bring your own water or other beverage was well. They do have water filling stations at some of the areas.
Written 28 May 2024
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DontStopExploring
Winnipeg, Canada1,223 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Beautiful park with a lovely scenic drive. A number of hikes for all levels of difficulty. The timed entry from April to October is also wondering as it limits the amount of people in the park. We will definitely be back.
Written 27 May 2024
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onerebecca
Birmingham, MI143 contributions
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May 2024 • Friends
Simply breath taking and I’m so glad my friends and I went to this National Park.

The arches are pretty and the landscape is serene. A must see if you go to Moab!
Written 23 May 2024
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