ARCHES NATIONAL PARK - Just outside of Moab lies Arches National Park. The park is about an eight-hour drive from the Treasure Valley, making it perfect for a long weekend visit. But what do you do when you get there?
Hiking in Arches National Park
Arches has many opportunities for outdoor recreation. Hiking trails crisscross the park leading to some of the most famous of the park’s namesake features. These trails range from extremely easy (appropriate for visitors traveling with young children or the elderly) to those which are longer and more difficult, often involving cross-country travel. Of course, a trip to Arches would not be complete without seeing Delicate Arch, but there are also many other stunning sites. The Windows, Double Arch and many other hikes in Arches National Park are absolutely breathtaking.
Arches is both an amateur and professional photographer’s paradise. The park’s striking features have been featured on many magazine covers over the years. And because many of those features are so accessible, it makes taking phenomenal photos of Arches National Park only limited by your time and ambition.
If you plan on camping in Arches make sure to book your reservation early. The Devil’s Garden Campground is often completely booked for much of the summer, so make sure to visit Recreation.gov to set your plans in stone well in advance.
The most popular activities in Arches include auto touring, horseback riding, biking, stargazing, photography and wildlife viewing. More than 50 species of mammals are known to live in the park. While the most common, such as desert cottontails and mule deer, are often spotted by visitors, perhaps the most exciting and elusive find is the desert bighorn sheep. For your best chance, head along Highway 191 south of the visitor center, they are often seen along the talus slopes and side canyons near the Colorado River.
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