Located in Eastern Utah just five miles north of Moab, Arches National Park is known for its more than 2,000 natural stone arches. The main park road runs from the visitor center to the Devils Garden Trailhead, and connects with side roads to the Windows Section and Wolfe Ranch. And although the major sites are marked on the park map, there are also a number of unmarked pullouts along the way that offer spectacular windshield views of the beautiful red rock landscape.
- Make sure and pick up the self-guided audio tour at the Arches Visitor Center book store. This excellent resource highlights the major sites along the park roads, and features a good primer about the history and geology of the area. And if you plan ahead, you can also download it for free on the park website.
- Don’t miss Balanced Rock – one of the most accessible sites in the park. It offers a nice .2-mile out-and-back accessible stroll around the seemingly precariously perched namesake rock, with a killer view from an overlook located midway along the route.
- During peak season — from May to September — traffic can back up all the way from the entrance station to Highway 191; and if this happens the park gates will temporarily close. It’s a good idea to have alternative plans, such as a visit to the nearby Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands. The park website also has a webcam trained on the park entrance, so you can check out the traffic flow in advance. Best bet is to get an early start, as traffic significantly increases after 10 A.M.