The park’s longest hike is a 7.2 mile loop, about 1/2 of which is on slickrock sandstone, that starts at the north end of the scenic drive. It goes into the heart of Devils Garden, a labyrinthine area perfect for adventurous types to do some off-trail exploration. The loop passes six major arches, including Landscape Arch, only .8 mile in. Most hikers turn around here, where the trail goes from wide and flat to a slickrock track. Continue on the loop though and you’ll get to Double O Arch, two arches stacked a top each other. 

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Camp in the park or book a night in Moab

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$ inexpensive under $100
$$ moderate $100–$175
$$$ expensive $175–$250
$$$$ splurge—$250 and up

Late spring and summer are the busiest time in Arches. There is one campground in the park.


Devils Garden Campground. The only “lodging” in Arches, this improved campground is 18 miles from the park entrance, has potable water and flush toilets (but no showers), and is open year-round. Between March and October, its 50 sites are often fully booked months in advance. 50 individual sites and two group sites, $; or 877/444-6777.


Moab, UT

Gonzo Inn. Cozily contemporary, whimsical hotel in downtown with a pool. $$-$$$$; 100 West 200 South Street; or 435/259-2515.

Red Cliffs Lodge. This refined ranch on the banks of the Colorado River in Castle Valley certainly feels like it’s in a national park, even if it’s not. $$$-$$$$; Milepost 14, Highway 128; or 866/812-2002;.

Castle Valley Primitive Camping. There are 12 BLM designated campgrounds off Highway 128 in Castle Valley. Ten of these have sites on the Colorado River. All of these are free, have vault toilets, and are first-come/first-serve. or 435/259-2100.

Dead Horse State Park Yurts. These provide a unique pseudo-camping experience inside a traditional Mongolian dwelling. 3 yurts, $; 7 mile inside the state park’s entrance; or 800/322-3770.

Rodeway Inn & Suites Landmark Inn. Centrally located in downtown with a 52-foot water slide into an outdoor, heated saltwater pool. $$;168 N. Main St.; or 435/259-6147.

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