Plan Your Arches national park VACATION in just minutes

A complete guide to visiting Arches and the surrounding Moab area for 1 or more days.

Iconic Utah Beauty

Arches National Park is one of the most photographed locations in the American southwest. You have probably seen pictures of this beautiful destination. Now it’s time to see it for yourself. Red and orange rock formations, great hikes and the world’s largest concentration of natural sandstone arches are all within this southeast Utah park. 

We recommend a longer trip to Utah and a visit to all five of the Utah Mighty 5 National Parks (plus some great stops outside of the parks). But Arches is the iconic winner when it comes to geological features you must see! 

Nowadays, Arches is so busy that you need a timed-entry ticket to visit (in addition to your park pass). This is the NPS’s way of trying to reduce the impact of crowds on this beautiful natural resource. And it will impact your trip too! 

Let’s face it, researching a trip to Utah can be overwhelming. You may have no idea what the landscape is like, what kind of transportation you’ll need, where to stay and how to stay safe. 

That’s where we come in.

Our family has been to Arches several times – and we know our way around the park. We have traveled to numerous national parks with babies, toddlers, teens, grandparents and every age in between. So we know how to plan a trip with your whole family in mind.

We’ve figured out the secret areas of the park that a lot of families miss, how to avoid crowds, where to eat, what to bring… And we put all of this experience together into an itinerary for spending one glorious day in Arches. 

Introducing, your perfect Arches vacation: planned for you. With the Crazy Family Adventure Arches Guide.

Arches Frequently Asked Questions:

Answers to your Arches National Park questions and the easiest way to plan your vacation!

Arches is in eastern Utah near the Colorado border and just north of Moab. It’s the farthest east of the Utah Mighty 5 National Parks and the next closest one in Canyonlands.

Arches is open year-round — but gets cold in the winter and hot in the summer. From April to October, you need a timed entry to get in so make sure you plan ahead.

Arches is about 120 square miles so, not that big at all. You can easily see most of the park in one day.

Arches gets about 1.5 million visitors a year, which is a lot for a park of this size! And that is why they are now piloting a timed-entry ticket system to reduce traffic visit from April through October.

The most popular lodging options around Arches are in and around Moab. There are plenty of hotels, vacation homes and campgrounds in the area to choose from.

Salt Lake City and Denver are the two biggest airports near Arches but they are both still hours away from the park by car. There is a small regional airport in Moab that might be an option for some folks. We have always gone to Utah by car or motorhome.

Our family has spent months exploring Utah and the Mighty 5 National Parks

And our most frequently asked question…

Can you just plan my trip for me?

Yes, we can! We’ve taken the guesswork out of your Arches National Park vacation planning by putting together a digital guide for an epic one-day trip to this iconic park. 

Unless you are a prolific hiker who wants to go back to Arches for long hikes, you can see most of Arches in one day. That’s why we put together this one day guide to get the most of 24 hours in the Arches area. 

BONUS! We also took it a step further and included activities for a 2nd day in the Moab area. This free additional day’s itinerary includes dining recommendations, tours and bonus Arches material. 

You don’t need to book a pricy all-inclusive Arches vacation package or search high and low for Arches vacation rentals. We’ve included all of the details from where to stay, where to eat, which route to take, and more!

Simply purchase, download and go!

About our Arches Guide

Ready to dive into our Arches guide? Here’s what you can expect inside:

  • One day stop-by-stop itineraries
  • First-hand descriptions of each stop, including hiking difficulty and times
  • Things to know before you leave
  • Tips for getting there
  • Where to stay: hotels, vacation homes, campgrounds
  • How to get around the park
  • Tips on staying safe
  • Where to eat (and when to pack a picnic)
  • Important links
  • And more!

A Peek Inside The Guide

Want to See More of Utah?

Lots of people visit Arches as part of a longer road trip to see other Utah National Parks and scenic areas. If that’s you, you’re in luck! We will send you bonus links and info about taking the ultimate Utah road trip when you purchase the Arches Guide!

And we’re working on a Utah National Park Road Trip Guide that we’ll let you know about as soon as it’s finished!

1 Day Guide to Arches

Arches National Park Guide

Get the most out of one day in Arches with this best-of itinerary. We’ll hit all the highlights in the most popular areas of the park making the most of your day!

  • 22 pages
  • Stop-by-stop instructions
  • Dining recommendations 
  • Links to menus and lodging reservations
  • Park maps
  • Insider tips 
  • BONUS: 2nd day in the park and/or Moab itinerary
  • And more! 

In one day you can see all this:

  • Arches Visitors Center
  • Scenic Drive
  • Delicate Arch
  • Landscape Arch
  • Hike Sand Dunes Trail
  • Hike Windows Trail
  • Balanced Rock
  • Fiery Furnace
  • Nighttime Star Gazing
  • And More!


From April through October you will need a timed entry ticket to visit Arches. You will want to make sure you have this reserved (3 months in advance) before you make any other reservations.


These are digital guides and are best experienced interactively on your phone, tablet or computer. We will not be mailing you anything. Once you purchase and download it, you may print the guide for your own use. Commercial reproduction or use is prohibited.