Fiery Furnace and Surprise Arch [CLOSED]

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Arches National Park

Fiery Furnace and Surprise Arch is a 1.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Moab, Utah that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 1.7 miles Elevation Gain: 436 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

views

rocky

scramble

closed

off trail

no shade

fee

no dogs

This trail is experiencing full or partial closure due to COVID-19. Please see the open trails nearby for alternate hiking options. A permit is required to hike in this area. It can be purchased for $6 at the Arches National Park Visitors Center. Buying several days in advance is suggested as this is an extremely popular trail.

hiking
off trail
scramble
21 days ago

My adult children talked me into waiting in line to see if we could snag 3 of 45 permits available to hike Fiery Furnace. As you can see we got the permits. This is a labyrinth of narrow sandstone canyons where the official trail is not well marked! My biggest fear was getting in the maze and not being able to find our way out! The most difficult hiking I've done, but what an incredible experience! Finding the arch was so exciting and mesmerizing. Lots of scrambling over rocks. We did have one fall and get scraped up but we had appropriate first aid kit. This is a one in a lifetime experience!

hiking
1 month ago

3/5/2020 WE GOT THE PERMIT!! We were able to get to the park early to get our permit for the day. We watched a short video and were sent on our way. The trail was marked with tiny white / brown arrows which blended in with the rocks so you really have to pay attention. Being from the south this scenery was like nothing I’d seen before! And Finding All the hidden arches within this hike was like having an Easter egg hunt! Moab is beautiful. The fiery furnace was checked off my bucket list. All I can say is get the permit and GO!

1 month ago

One if the most fun hikes we've done as a family. Our kids love it! We've done this hike twice, just make sure you plan way ahead and get permits as soon as you get to Moab because this trail fills up quickly. Probably have to get a permit several days in advance.

hiking
2 months ago

I know getting lost is kind of the point of this trail but it pissed me off. It was the arrows, even finding some the arrows was no help at all and it annoyed me. Some of the arrows are just stuck into loose sand on a pole and you can easily just pick up the pole and point it in another direction, I almost feel like someone actually did this because the arrows were pointing me absolutely nowhere. Anyway, got lost first for a bit first near the start, which was fine, did some exploring, eventually after exploring some cool dead ends I made it to the area of kissing turtle arch. The arrows here pointed me to a couple narrow little cracks, tried both and they obviously weren't the right path and were a bit tricky to navigate out of, probably shouldn't have gone in in the first place, damned arrows. Anyway, after exploring for at least another hour looking for a way out I couldn't find any easy way and I ended up kind of sliding/falling down a steep boulder in an effort to not have to go back the way I came. I got out and then I tried to look for surprise arch for a bit but I think I was already on the wrong side so I didn't find it. Left pretty annoyed and also feeling like an idiot for doing a couple of pretty dangerous maneuvers instead of just turning back. Beautiful place but not as spectacular as other canyons and rock formations in the region.

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Highly recommended! Be prepared to scramble, climb, jump, and get lost. So much to explore. Allow 4 hours to see everything!

hiking
2 months ago

Our family favorite hike in the park! We waited in the morning outside the visitors center for permits, watched a short video with orientation, and paid for the back-country permit for the family. So worth it. It's great to explore and just go get purposely 'lost' in a dead-end slot canyon! Lots of scrambling needed. Definitely a moderate rated hike and I would rate moderately-difficult to hard for some places where scrambling over rocks and through slot canyons is necessary. Trying to find the 'arrow' guide points in the canyon became a fun game. Our 12 yr old and older teens did great. Mom & Dad survived too.

hiking
off trail
2 months ago

fee
off trail
rocky
3 months ago

Beautiful. Don't miss Surprise Arch. Hike trail counterwise. Without AllTrails, would have turned around as trail even with arrows difficult to follow.

hiking
rocky
scramble
snow
3 months ago

One of my new favorite places in the world. The required orientation was interesting and crowded, but when we got to the trail, few others were starting at the same time, so groups were pretty well spread out. Finding the arrows was like a little scavenger hunt, but most of the offshoot dead-end trails we explored were well worth the time spent away from the established loop, and it was easy to find our way back. A few places had to squeeze through narrow passageways, and implement some canyoneering moves to navigate when the trail went between two a rock wall and a boulder and the ground was unreachable. So much fun! We started around 9 AM and finished close to noon. It was starting to get hot, so glad to be done before the sun was directly overhead, though it was a little difficult finding the correct way out. The entire experience was so worth the $6 permit. Can't wait to go again.

hiking
3 months ago

My group chose to get the permit to go explore on our own. I’m so glad we did. We used our phones to GPS drop where the car was parked, then walked in and got lost for a bit. We found caves with sand and intricate arches. All sorts of crazy tunnels and places to explore. It truly felt out of this world. We were all alone in this confusing rock maze. Some of my favorite hikes are mysterious and confusing. This is both of those in large amounts, and I walked out of it feeling like I barely saw enough of it, and that I saw parts of it not many people ever get to see. We got lost, then used the GPS to get to the car. Worth it!!

3 months ago

Quick hike with good views.

hiking
off trail
rocky
scramble
3 months ago

hiking
scramble
3 months ago

Awesome trail with awesome views! Trail finding and getting lost are all part of the fun.

This was the most fun trail I’ve done ever! Please do explore the dead ends!

hiking
fee
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Best trail in Arches IMO. Pretty easy to follow, keep your eyes peeled for the arrows. Do explore all the dead ends. We saw about 4 arches during the trip. We did get turned around in 2 spots, but it was a good thing, because it made you use your head and negotiate your steps properly instead of mindlessly following a well trodden trail. It took us roughly 3.5 hours. The all trails map recording was a little wonky, it looks like we were drunk. I've been hiking since I was a kid and I'm 42 now. Out of the 100's of hikes I've done this has to be in the top 5.

hiking
scramble
5 months ago

You will probably get lost if you have never been here before. Don’t worry you will find your way out! The loop say 1.7 but we were in there for 3 hours and 4 miles loads of fun at every wrong turn! Do it and your cool! 6 dollar permit they only hand out 75 a day. Even in December there is a line before the visitor center opens.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Great adventure! The markers make it markedly easier to make it around. Go explore the dead end routes.

hiking
6 months ago

We loved this hike! It’s so fun to explore without defined trails. Who knew that this few miles could take us so long? Definitely try to get a permit for this hike, you won’t regret it - it is truly a unique hiking experience. Be ready to scramble, pull yourself thru tight squeezes and up rocks, and walk on exposed ledges. I will note, however, that I don’t think you could do this if you weren’t able to lift your own body weight. This is a bit more athletic than your average walkabout.

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