Arches National Park Driving Tour

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Arches National Park Driving Tour is a 28.3 mile heavily trafficked point-to-point trail located near Moab, Utah that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and scenic driving and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 28.3 miles Elevation Gain: 3,077 feet Route Type: Point to Point

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

scenic driving

walking

cave

paved

views

waterfall

snow

historic site

no dogs

Drive through Arches National Park and see the highlights along the way, with a few stops for optional hikes to see more This driving tour will take you to every major sight in Arches National Park and then some. Start at the Visitor Center to learn some background about the park and the area's history before driving along the main road through the park. Stop at Park Avenue to walk through a canyon with wild rock formations on either side, stop at several turnoffs along the way to see such wonders as The Three Gossips, Courthouse Towers, and Balanced Rock. Hike around The Windows and walk through some arches there while you see Double Arch up close and personal. Then venture further into the park where you can hike to Delicate Arch, the most famous arch in the park and the one featured on Utah license places. Finally, end with a hike through Devils Garden where you will see some of the best arches in the park all within a short walking distance along a paved path. Go as far as Landscape Arch, the longest arch in the world, or finish the entire 7.2-mile loop by seeing Double-O Arch and walking back along The Primitive Trail If you see everything in this guide, you have seen everything in Arches National Park and will have the memories (and the pictures) for a lifetime.

hiking
2 days ago

What a beautiful trail! Gets hot so go early in the summer.

hiking
13 days ago

You must do this once in your life. Nothing else like it in the world

1 month ago

You can see a lot from the road, so if you have mobility issues, this will let you enjoy the park.

scenic driving
2 months ago

I recommend to drive all the way to the end of the park and work your way backwards, since a lot of congestion occurs by cars stopping on the way in. Devils Garden and some excellent arches at at the end. We actually did this twice. A beautiful drive.....:18 miles from the Visitor’s Center to Devil’s Garden not counting side roads.

2 months ago

Loved it. Beautiful arches!

3 months ago

did this two years ago and it was beyond magnificent.. especially if this terrain is new to you!

road biking
4 months ago

Rode on the park road from Courthouse to Windows one way. An amazing experience to do this on a bike -bicycle. It's not an easy ride for a non-rider lik eme. I did have to push the bike about 1.5 miles along this trail (as the elevation gain was just over 1,200). But, it was all worth it to see some of the sites you miss when driving through! I also did two short hikes along this trail- Balanced Rock and Windows Loop.

4 months ago

very busy, great tourist attraction

scenic driving
5 months ago

Absolutely adore Arches, whether in the car or out of the car it is spectacularly beautiful!

scenic driving
10 months ago

Utah and especially this area is awesome. very unusual landscape and views. Definitely would like to go back and take in more. It's been 5 years.

scenic driving
11 months ago

Completed over two days but hits most of the high points and you get a pretty good appreciation with this drive. Obviously you’d wanna do the longer hikes (devils garden) early on in the morning but you also wanna do the shorter ones early to avoid the crazy crowds because of how accessible those ones are so you have to decide

11 months ago

It’s beautiful! Make sure to stop at the different turnouts. It’s worth a little delay.

scenic driving
11 months ago

You get to see it all on this scenic drive. Didn’t take long to get up to Devils Garden Loop. It is a very scenic driving area. Just watch your speed in areas!

scenic driving
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

We did this drive on 7/6/18 and I enjoyed it. We didn't make it out to the Devils Garden end, but will do that another time. I was blown away by how crowded this place was. Crazy amount of people. Could not even find a parking place at the Windows area. And was disappointed to see the amount of people climbing all over the rocks at Double Arch. I think the park service needs to re-evaluate where they let people go. It was not cool in my eyes. You could not get a picture of the arches without people in your pic. I will return here some year at an off season time, and hope to see less crowds. There should be a limit on vehicles allowed in too, there clearly is not enough parking for all the cars they let in. Not even close. The line went on forever when we were leaving. Great pics to be taken, but I think some things should be done to manage the crowds.

Sunday, July 08, 2018

Pretty drive

scenic driving
Saturday, June 30, 2018

nice drive.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Great drive

Thursday, June 21, 2018

amazing time in the park! beautiful!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Third trip through enjoyed as always

scenic driving
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

This driving tour is a great way to see all the areas of the park. Since the park is not that large, this is doable in a pretty short amount of time. I gave 4 instead of 5 stars because to really see the arches you have to do some hiking or walking, so just know that you cannot see the best stuff only on the drive.

scenic driving
Wednesday, June 06, 2018

Beautiful! Go before 8:00 AM as suggested in the Moab guest guide book or be prepared for lines to get in and too much traffic. We arrived at 7:30 or so and there was no waiting at the entrance, every parking lot at every view site had spaces open, photos were easy to get as there were fewer people to contend with. This drive is an easy way to take in a lot of ground and many amazing sites. As we left the park after our relaxed drive through we passed a line at the gate that went half way to the highway.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Beautiful driving tour. There are a lot of places to stop and check out. As soon as you go into the park, you will see some amazing places. As you continue on the views just get better and better I am. We went in the early spring of 2018 and it was absolutely beautiful. If you want to do the fiery furnace then you need to get a permit a day or two prior to doing it.

scenic driving
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

We actually drove the entire park route the previous day, but I have uploaded the photo with this recording. There is a lot to see from the road itself. We had planned a few grand hikes, but as the weather turned to sleet and snow, we decided to drive through the park and do a few easy hikes. It was actually very relaxing and made us stop to see more of the roadside attractions/rock formations we would have otherwise drove past to get to trailheads. And, now that the road construction has been completed, there are more pull offs to stop and take photos from different views. If you don't want to do hikes or want to only do short hikes, you still get to see a lot of awesome sights in Arches!

nature trips
Monday, August 14, 2017

Love this place and you can see a lot just driving and pulling off at scenic views spots.

scenic driving
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

I did this to prove to my family and friends that these natural wonders can still be seen with an air-conditioned car and your favorite flip flops. No hiking required.

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

scenic driving
Tuesday, May 02, 2017

This is great drive. Very scenic. You can see Balance Rock and many other outlooks along the way.

hiking
Friday, December 09, 2016

My family and I visited Moab, Utah this past summer and Arches was definitely on the list of places to stop. The hike to Delicate Arch is a bit of a workout, but 100% worth it!! The view is simply beautiful and I definitely recommend you experience it for yourself. Also, account for the heat and bring plenty of water!

hiking
Thursday, November 10, 2016

This place is beholding! All the rock formations and how they pile on top of each other (and stay where they're at) is beyond me. Also, be careful where you walk because there are growing plants and organisms on the rocks that your eye can't easily notice. Natural wonder, indeed! I'll go back someday.

Friday, October 28, 2016

So, so stunning and a variety of lengths of well kept trails. The arches never fail to amaze, but such a bummer that dogs can't go on trails. :/

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