Hiking Fiery Furnace
A hike through this labyrinth of rust-colored cliffs, spires, and arches is a full-body experience. You’ll squeeze through passageways, saunter across slickrock above steep drop-offs, and scramble up slopes which you’ll slide down on your rear end. Good hiking shoes and water are required for the 2-mile, three-hour trek. You must also obtain a permit or go on a ranger-guided tour, offered daily from March to October. Ranger-guided hikes can be reserved in advance, but sometimes sell out months beforehand; permits for hiking solo must be purchased at the Arches Visitor Center.
In this northernmost section, you’ll find the park’s longest arch—Landscape Arch, a skinny span of sandstone 306 feet long. You can reach it on a relatively easy 1.6-mile round-trip hike that starts at the Devils Garden trailhead. Alternatively, add mileage by venturing down various spur trails and loops to Private Arch, Navajo Arch, Partition Arch, Wall Arch, and the more challenging Double O Arch.
Camping and Accommodation Near Arches National Park
Arches has no lodges, but if you’re looking for cushy digs, Moab boasts a range of B&Bs, ranches, hotels, and even glamping. At Devils Garden Campground in the northern section of the park, you can pitch your tent amid bulbous boulders and scrub brush. Potable water and toilets are available, as well as an amphitheater where rangers host occasional evening programs. March through October, campsites are usually reserved months in advance.