Best Hikes in Arches National Park
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Best Hikes in Arches National Park

Arches National Park is one of the most majestic places in the United States. In fact, we consider the park a must visit for those that want to experience the American Southwest and the vast red rock desert landscape in all its glory. A visit here will treat you to over 2,000 naturally carved sandstone arch formations made from years and years of erosion. To help you explore this beautiful destination, we’ve curated a listing of some of the best hikes that Arches National Park has to offer, ranging in difficulty to accommodate beginner to advanced hikers.

Due to its stellar beauty and infinite recreational opportunities, it is no wonder why Arches National Park is a popular destination for travelers from all over the world. Of course, Arches National Park’s popularity also means that many of the best hikes also happen to be extremely crowded. But don’t let the crowds dissuade you because there is more than enough desert landscape for everyone to enjoy. Just plan to get an early morning start to avoid the trail traffic. Another option is to consider visiting here during the shoulder or off-seasons when the park is less busy. Still, no matter when you visit you’re sure to have an amazing time hiking the trails of Arches National Park. 

Below are some of our favorite hikes that we hope you’ll enjoy as well. If you plan to also visit Canyonlands National Park during your travels, don’t forget to check out our article Best Hikes in Canyonlands National Park.” Happy hiking!

Best Hikes Series: Arches National Park

Delicate Arch

Balanced Rock

Devils Garden

Fiery Furnace

The Moab area, and Arches National Park in particular, has quite a few hiking guide books out there. And many of them are not very good. Honestly, if you’re planning on visiting more than just the Moab area, it’s likely a better investment to purchase a book that covers a wider breadth of Utah rather than just Arches National Park. So, depending upon your travel plans, we included some of our favorite guide books that are specific to Arches National Park, while others detail hikes within and beyond the park.

Furthermore, we included some of our favorite non-fiction books that feature Arches National Park. Our top-pick is Desert Solitaire, written by Edward Abbey, because it paints an excellent picture of beauty of the Utah desert. This would be an excellent choice to read prior to your travels! 

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