General Information

Shadow of Delecate Arch at sunrise.

Arches National Park is one of my favorite places on Earth.

It is a relatively small park with beautiful scenery and nice short walks to amazing rock structures.

There are also longer hikes in the park, and also the possibility to go backcountry hiking and camping with a permit.

The park offers an informative hike in the Fiery Furnace, which is a hike that you must sign up for at the ranger's station. It involves some tricky footwork and rock scrambling, and many lessons on the environment and the history of the land.

Caution must be taken when hiking at the park. There is cryptobiotic soil (or cryptobiotic crust) that helps the plants to live in the desert. By trampling on this soil, we kill it and thus the plants can die. Because of this, everyone must stay on marked trails or on rocks.

Places to Eat

There are a few places to eat in the town. Nothing was terrible that we ate at, but we did not pick any place spectacular, either.

The Weather

The following chart is for the Moab, Utah area, which is the town outside of the park.

Monthly Historical Averages

High (F)425262728293999787745845
Low (F)182632425058646353413121
Precipitation (in).

Phone Numbers and Addresses

The area code of 801 has been changed to 435.

Arches National Park 435 259-8161 P.O. Box 907
Moab, UT 84532
Canyonlands National Park 435 259-7164 2282 S. West Resource Blvd.
Moab, UT 84532-3298
Dead Horse Point State Park 435 259-2614 main no.
800 322-3770 camp res.
P.O. Box 609
Moab, UT 84532
Kaibab Tours - Bike Shop and Rentals 800 451-1133 391 South Main St.
Moab, UT 84532
Slickrock Campground 435 259-2982 1301 - 1/2 North hwy. 191
Moab, Utah 84532
Moab Rock Shop (fossils and rocks) 435 259-7312 600 Main Street
Moab, Utah 84532
National Geographic Trail maps (for biking in Moab) 800 962-1643 Kaibab Bike Shop also sells maps.