Just outside of Moab, Utah is a photographer’s dream and a hiker’s adventure. Visitors share the trails with people from all around the globe to catch a glimpse of the spectacular rock formations at Arches National Park. Plenty of camping and lodging, both in the park and nearby Moab, can handle most any traveler’s needs. Ideal for most all ages and just a 360 mile trip from Denver, this spot makes for a perfect extended weekend getaway.
The site is located in a high desert with elevations ranging from 4,085 to 5,653 feet above sea level which makes the timing of a fall visit perfect. Along with some of the most famous landscape wonders, there are hiking trails ranging from easy to strenuous, biking, and even canyoneering. One of the most adventurous hikes, the Fiery Furnace, requires a reservation made a day or two in advanced. Other than that, the Devil’s Garden Campground and all of the arches are open year-round for just a $10 fee per vehicle. Campsites are available March 1st through October 31st, with some sites available in the winter months on a self-serve basis. The remainder of the park is open 24 hours a day.
Probably the most recognizable of all the arches, the Delicate Arch, can be reached by hiking a somewhat strenuous trek of 3 miles. Good footwear and at least a liter of water is a must. The Landscape Arch is the longest Arch in Arches National Park, measuring 306 feet from base to base. This hike is an easy one taking between 30-60 minutes round trip. The Skyline Arch is an easy walk that takes only about ten minutes to view the formation up close. For the really adventurous visitors there is the Devil’s Garden hike of a little over 7 miles that takes three-five hours to visit all eight arches.