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Visiting Arches National Park

If you hear the theme song from Indiana Jones when you look at images from Arches National Park, you are in good company. This iconic National Park was the backdrop for the opening sequence of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The young Indiana Jones attempts to save the day below some of the park’s more than 2,000 arches. Visitors to Arches National Park can visit many of the locations from this film.

If you are planning a trip to Arches National Park and need some help planning your trip, this is our started guide for visiting Arches National Park. We often have detailed in-depth guides reached to Arches National Park trip planning and will link to these where appropriate to make your trip planning as easy as possible.

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The Quick Guide to Visiting Arches National Park

Arches National Park Basics

Region: Intermountain / Rocky Mountains / Southwest / West Coast

Park Size: 76,679 acres (119.811 sq miles) (310.31 sq km)

Location: Grand County

Closest Cities: Moab, Utah

Busy Season: May to September

Visitation: 1,659,702 (in 2019)

How much does Arches National Park Cost?

Arches National Park costs the following:

  • 7-day Passenger Vehicle Pass – $30
  • 7-day Motorcycle Pass – $25
  • 7-day Individual Pass – $7

An annual Southeast Utah Park National Park Pass costs $55 and provides entrance to Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, and Natural Bridges National Monument. It is not recommended you buy this pass. For an extra $25 you can get an American the Beautiful Pass. This $80 pass offers free admission to all 116 fee-charging National Park Units.

When is Arches National Park Open?

Arches National Park is open year-round.

Are dogs allowed in Arches National Park?

Yes, pets are welcome in Arches National Park but are limited to developed areas such as roads, parking areas, picnic areas, and campgrounds. Pets are not allowed on trails or overlooks. Please review the Arches Pet Policy before bringing your dog to Arches.

Where are Arches National Park’s visitor centers?

Arches National Park Visitor Center – Open Year Around

Land Acknowledgment

The park now known as Arches National Parks is on Núu-agha-tʉvʉ-pʉ̱ (Ute) land.

Thank you to the Native Land Digital for making the Indigenous territories accessible to all. They have mapped the known territories to the best of the current knowledge and is a work in progress. If you have additional information on the Indigenous nations boundaries, please let them know.

Native Land Digital is a registered Canadian not-for-profit organization with the goal to creates spaces where non-Indigenous people can be invited and challenged to learn more about the lands they inhabit, the history of those lands, and how to actively be part of a better future going forward together.

Places to Stay Near Arches National Park

Arches National Park Camping

Arches National Park has one campground. Devil’s Garden is a 51 site campground located at the end of the park road. It is open year round. Sites can be reserved from March to October. Reservations open six months in advance. The Arches campsites are first-come-first-serve the rest of the year.

Click here to learn more about camping at Arches.

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