Arches National Park Hiking Trails, Hikes

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Hiking Trails

Explorers and sightseers from all over the world are drawn to Arches National Park's Trail systems, which encompass a landscape filled with geological curiosities, elusive wildlife, and delicate plant species.

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  • Take a guided walk through Desert Nature Trail and learn about desert ecology.
  • Sand Dune Arch Trail is an easy 30 minute round trip.
  • Devil's Garden Trailhead is the longest maintained hike in the park and moderately strenuous.
  • Most trails are marked by rock cairns.
  • 52 foot tall Delicate Arch is world famous.


Arches National Park offers a variety of hiking trails suitable for all ages and all levels of experience, but before you and your family set off to explore the desert trail systems, take the time to plan your route and remember to bring a map and plenty of water, as there is very little shade along most of the trails.

Desert Nature Trail

Trail Overview: This short guided walk helps visitors identify characteristics of the desert ecology and geological features before adventuring further into the park.
Trailhead: The Arches National Park Visitor’s Center

  • .6 mile round trip
  • 30 minutes
  • Easy with little to no elevation change
  • Nature walk with a trail guide

Sand Dune Arch Trail 

Trail Overview: This easy hike leads through a sandy narrow slot between two sandstone fins and is great for families with small children.
Trailhead: Sand Dune Arch Parking Area

  • .4 miles one way
  • 30 minute round trip
  • Easy
  • Elevation Change: 29 feet

Devil's Garden Trail 

Trail Overview:  Nineteen miles north of the park entrance, this hike passes by a number of arches and sandstone formations, including Landscape Arch-the world's largest Entrada Sandstone formation-over 290 feet long. It's the longest maintained hike in the park.
Trailhead: Devil's Garden Trailhead

  • 7.2 mile round trip
  • Day hike 
  • Moderately strenuous
  • Elevation Change: 1204 feet 

Delicate Arch Trail

Trail Overview: Twelve miles from the visitor's center, the Delicate Arch Trail, one of the most famous sandstone arches in the world, passes by the Ute Hunting Panel and Wolfe Ranch, a member of the National Historic Registry.
Trailhead: The Wolfe Ranch Parking Area

  • 3 miles round trip
  • 2-3 hours
  • Moderate to strenuous depending on trail conditions
  • Elevation Change: 480 feet

The Fiery Furnace Hike

Trail Overview: This is a ranger led hike that challenges visitors to climb, slide, and shuffle through narrow passageways and a labyrinth like collection of mindboggling sandstone fins.  Once you begin the tour, you are committed to finishing.  The fee is $10/adult $5/children and you can make reservations online or by calling the visitor's center at 435-719-2299.
Trailhead: The Fiery Furnace Trailhead

  • 2 mile round trip
  • 2-3 hours
  • Moderately strenuous
  • Elevation Change: 250 feet

Note: Pets are not allowed on hiking trails.  Remember to carry out your own trash and follow leave no trace guidelines.

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