Arches National Park

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Arches National Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Moab: Half-Day Arches National Park 4x4 Driving Tour

1. From Moab: Half-Day Arches National Park 4x4 Driving Tour

After pickup in Moab, your off-road 4x4 tour through Arches National Park starts near Doc Williams Point. Climb up a steep, short rock wall in your vehicle, then cut across a valley through sandstone fins and dunes. Pass the famous 92-foot wide Tower Arch and the Eye of the Whale Arch. See the Marching Men, a group of 7 towers lined up in one row.   Stop in a few great spots to take amazing photos, and enjoy a few short hikes throughout the tour. Learn about the formation of the red rocks, take in the fresh air, and enjoy the silence while admiring the scenic views. Exit via an old cowboy trail and see Dinosaur tracks on your way back to Moab, where you'll be dropped off back at your accommodation.

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From Moab: Full-Day Canyonlands and Arches 4x4 Driving Tour

2. From Moab: Full-Day Canyonlands and Arches 4x4 Driving Tour

Take a 4x4 driving tour through Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. This thrilling adventure includes stops for short hikes and scenic views. After pickup from your hotel in Moab, drive towards Canyonlands National Park high atop the Island in the Sky mesa. Descend via the steep switchbacks of the famous Shafer Trail and enjoy a brief stop to explore Native American rock art that was carved into the cliffs by the Ancestral Puebloans.   Continue through Canyonlands along a portion of the White Rim Trail over to Musselman Arch for incredible views of the Colorado River below. Enjoy a few stops with short hikes. In the afternoon, enter Arches National Park near Doc Williams Point. Climb a steep rock wall and drive across a valley through sandstone fins and dunes.   Pass the famous Tower Arch, the Eye of the Whale Arch, and the Marching Men — a group of 7 towers lined up in one row. Stop for some short walks to enjoy the fresh air and admire the views of the red rocks. Once you have explored both parks you'll be driven back to Moab, with a brief stop to explore dinosaur tracks along the way.

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Moab: Arches National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

3. Moab: Arches National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

Begin your adventure into the stunning Utah landscape at the visitor center by the entrance to Arches National Park. As you set off on your journey, pass the towering formation of the Three Penguins and the geological Moab Fault, then pause at Park Avenue. Simply admire the formations, colors, and layers here or hike the trail into the park. Next, check out the distant snow-capped La Sal Mountains, the iconic Three Gossips, and the towering series of formations from the Courthouse Towers to Sheep Rock. Continue deeper into the park, admiring the petrified dunes and desert scrub while learning about the native Ute and Paiute tribes. Hear about their mythologies, way of life, and eventual struggle against Spanish invaders and Mormon settlers. Your journey into Arches will then bring you to the famous Balanced Rock formation, followed quickly by the two most popular stops: the Windows Arches and Double Arch. Enjoy jumping out and exploring these geological marvels up close. After, make your way through Arches’ unique Cache Valley to Delicate Arch, the unrivaled highlight of this park. Check out the nearby historic Wolfe Ranch and tribal petroglyphs, and decide if you want to see the famous arch from a viewpoint or hike closer for greater detail. Your adventure continues through the unique Salt Valley of Arches to stunning formations like the Fiery Furnace, Sand Dune Arch, Arches Forest, Skyline Arch, and Tapestry Arch. These are all optional stops and hikes. Finally, make your way to the farthest point in the park: the Devil’s Garden. Here, hop out to visit the famous Landscape Arch as the crowning vista of a surreal landscape.

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Moab: Ultimate Utah Combo Self-Driving Audio Tour

4. Moab: Ultimate Utah Combo Self-Driving Audio Tour

From the canyons of Zion to the gravity-defying formations in Arches, witness Mother Nature at her most impressive on this self-guided driving tour starting in Moab, Utah. Enjoy animated videos to visualize parts of the tour. Simply hop in your car, get the app set up on your phone, and get started. Visit Arches National Park and discover hidden life within this harsh yet beautiful desert. Marvel at impossible rock formations and towering arches millions of years in the making and learn how it all came to be. Learn the history of the Ute and Paiute tribes who lived at Arches for thousands of years. Hear their legends of the trickster god who brought them to the desert and the portals through time that lie dormant. Find out how these tribes survived and what they left behind. See Zion National Park and hear why early Mormon pioneers thought it was heaven on earth. This tour works by car, bike, or shuttle, so you can see the park however you want to. At Zion, see natural wonders like the Temple of Sinawava and the Weeping Rock. Learn the park’s history, from its geologic formation to the first people who lived here. See emerald pools, staggering mountain peaks, and much more. Next, marvel at the towering hoodoos that dot Bryce Canyon. Dive into the history and legends of the Native tribes who lived here, including the harrowing tale of a race of giants who were turned to stone and became the hoodoo formations we see today. Visit groves of Earth’s oldest trees and hear the spooky story of the supposed curse which afflicts anyone who chooses to study these ancient, gnarled plants too closely. Stop at the spot where Forrest Gump ended his famous run at Monument Valley. Then, head into the valley itself to get up close and personal with jaw-dropping mesas, buttes, and spires. Get the inside scoop on how Hollywood turned Monument Valley into the quintessential image of the American West. Learn about the mysterious Anasazi who vanished from this land centuries ago and the Navajo who still call the valley home. Then, unearth hidden secrets at the Grand Staircase. Hidden within this towering staircase are clues to the land’s long history. Learn about the dinosaur fossils people have found here, including a T-Rex skeleton. Before concluding your tour, explore a petrified forest, sparkling waterfalls, and sweeping vistas. Plus, hear the legends and tales of the tribes who once lived at Grand Staircase.

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From Moab: Arches National Park 4x4 Drive and Hiking Tour

5. From Moab: Arches National Park 4x4 Drive and Hiking Tour

After pickup in Moab, start your full-day tour of the Arches National Park with a moderate hike. Walk among the stunning arches and admire the incredible red rock landscape. Learn about the park as your guide shares their knowledge of geology and explains the history of the area. At the end of your hike, stop and refuel with a buffet-style picnic lunch before heading out into the backcountry where your 4x4 adventure begins. Navigate the rugged jeep trails leading to remote arches that few get to experience, and take in the vast panoramic views that the backcountry has to offer. Pass the famous 92-foot wide Tower Arch, and the Eye of the Whale Arch. See the Marching Men, a group of 7 towers lined up in one row. To end your trip, stop off to check out some ancient dinosaur tracks embedded in stone and exit the park via an old cowboy trail, then make your way back to Moab.

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Canyonlands and Arches National Park: Scenic Airplane Flight

6. Canyonlands and Arches National Park: Scenic Airplane Flight

Arches National Park and the Canyonlands are two big reasons that Moab, Utah has become an international destination. Make the most of your valuable time here by visiting both parks on this scenic flight. This is the only operator certified to offer scenic flights over these iconic attractions so you will see these national parks in a way that very few have.  The vast geologic diversity, which attracts scientists from around the world, can best be appreciated from a bird’s eye view. Get more of a thorough overview of eons of geologic history on this flight than you might obtain from years of hiking. Capture the moments with stunning aerial photography.  There is no other way to visit these parks so comprehensively and comfortably. Gain access to the remote restricted districts of Canyonlands and bypass the lines and crowds in Arches National Park. This adventure truly provides an excellent opportunity for a truly memorable and awe-inspiring experience. 

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Moab: Arches National Park Airplane Tour

7. Moab: Arches National Park Airplane Tour

Discover the Arches National Park from the skies with no lines, no waits, and no crowds. There is no other way to view this park so comprehensively or comfortably. This scenic air tour is the only certified flight tour operator to access the National Park from above. Embark on this exclusive adventure and walk away with incredible pictures that are insta-worthy.  Arches National Park has the world’s largest concentration of arches—more than 2000 of these amazing features. World-famous Delicate Arch can be clearly seen on this Scenic Air Tour. This national park park contains many other splendid rock formations including cliffs, fins, monuments, and pillars. Superbly colored and varied, the views of these features are breathtaking from the ground, but even more amazing to behold from the air. See the iconic Delicate Arch, North and South Windows, Elephant Butte, Fiery Furnace, Devils Garden, and Navajo Arch. On this exclusive scenic flight tour, you have the opportunity to take unique photographs from a bird's-eye-view. Discovering Arches National Park by plane allows you to access even more views of iconic arches than you would be able to in 3 days of world-class hiking in the park.

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Moab: 4.5-Hour Self-Drive Hells Revenge & Fins N'Things Tour

8. Moab: 4.5-Hour Self-Drive Hells Revenge & Fins N'Things Tour

Explore the backcountry and ride through the famous Hells Revenge Trail and Fins N'Things Trails on a 4.5-hour journey on new, easy-to-drive UTV/SXS vehicles. Choose to drive, be a passenger or both.  Follow your guides who will lead you along Moab’s petrified sand dunes to visit two world-famous off-road trails: the spectacular Hells Revenge Trail and the Fins N'Things Trails in the Sand Flats Recreation Area. Feel the roller coaster-like excitement of the rocky, backcountry landscape that is bursting with beauty and excitement. Stand 1,000 ft. above the Colorado River and look into Arches National Park, taking in its breathtaking vistas. All skill levels are welcome, from novice to expert, and is an adventure perfect for the whole family.

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From Las Vegas: 7-Day National Parks Small Group Tour

9. From Las Vegas: 7-Day National Parks Small Group Tour

Choose from a a private or small-group tour and embark on an unforgettable 7-day adventure across Monument Valley. Admire the depths of the Grand Canyon, experience the real Wild Wild West, and discover the iconic Utah landscapes of Zion, Bryce, Arches, and Canyon Lands. Day 1 Zion National Park: Leaving the bright lights of Las Vegas behind us for a while we head out to Utah’s finest National Park. Massive canyon walls and red sandstone cliffs ascend toward a brilliant blue sky. Challenge yourself to what’s considered the best half day hike in the southwest by hiking a narrow ridgeline to Angels Landing. Take it easy exploring the pristine Emerald pools, enjoy a river hike deep in the narrows, weather permitting.  Or if you are feeling really adventurous-do all three! Day 2 Bryce National Park: A short drive today takes us to an elevation of 8000 ft into Bryce National Park. Take a stroll along the rim and marvel at the unique sandstone spires (hoodoos) that rise dramatically from the natural amphitheater. Hike down into the hoodoos for an up close and personal experience with this fascinating landscape. A soak in the outdoor hot tub back at camp will ease those hiking muscles and a night around the campfire will end this day nicely. Day 3-4 Arches and Canyonlands National Parks: Explore this stunning landscape in a guided sunset hummer tour or hang of a sandstone cliff on one of our optional canyoneering adventures! Visit Arches National Park home to over 2000 arches for a hike up to Delicate Arch. Enjoy walks in Canyonlands National Park where the Green river meets the Colorado in some of the most spectacular scenery the southwest has to offer. Swap tales of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid who used the canyons to hide from the law in the late 1800’s, visit the local town and enjoy Utah’s greatest adventure capital. Day 5 Monument Valley: We wind out way through more of USA Southwest’s spectacular scenery to one of the most iconic locations on the planet.  The background for many famous western movies and home to the Navajo Indians you are in for a real treat today. Hop onboard a 4X4 jeep and enjoy an included Navajo guided tour of Monument Valley.  Camp right along the rim and get ready to gaze up at the amazing starry skies and bag your front row seat to a magnificent sun rise. Day 6 Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend, Grand Canyon national park: Enjoy an optional visit to the world’s most famous slot canyon- Antelope Canyon this morning ($75-$80 pp) followed by a scenic walk to view Horseshoe Bend before heading to the Grand Canyon. Saving the best for last! After a brief visit to a Navajo trading post we follow the mighty Colorado River through the painted desert to one of the seven natural wonders of the world! Take in a bird’s eye view on an optional helicopter ride, stroll along the rim at sunset, take a hike into the one of the deepest  and most diverse canyons on earth or simply relax in one the rim cafes a admire the view before one last cookout with your new friends! Day 7 Las Vegas: We get our kicks at Route 66 and arrive back in Sin City in plenty of time to relax poolside before heading for the strip in a stylish stretch limousine.

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Moab: Colorado River 3.5-Hour Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour

10. Moab: Colorado River 3.5-Hour Stand-Up Paddleboard Tour

Admire Moab's impressive natural attractions from a unique perspective on this 3.5-hour family-friendly, flatwater paddleboard trip down the Colorado River. You do not need to worry about any rapids. Glide past impressive sandstone cliffs and marvel at the stunning scenery while your knowledgeable guide fills you in with information about the area. The entire trip borders Arches National Park as you float, paddle, and swim downstream.

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What people are saying about Arches National Park

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 233 reviews

This self-driving tour is excellent. We knew just what was coming up around each curve, including the history of the area and what to look for. It told us so much more than the printed map and guide from the park service. We had an amazing experience at Arches because of this guide.

Wow! Sometimes there are just no words. To see the amazing geological formations from 7000 ft was magnificent! Our skilled pilot was also our guide and shared a lot of interesting info! Made our trip to Moab most memorable. Thank you.

We had the best time ever! Our Guide was awesome!! The trail was thrilling and beautiful!! I would recommend this trip for anyone that wants a fun, exciting, thrilling time!!

Excellent! I would recommend to buy this. We bought for Arches National Park and Canyonland Park. Excellent service, no signals drop, no voice cut down.

Excellent opportunity to see and experience the more remote corners of Arches!