Arches National Park

Arches National Park

Sights To See

In some cultures, the naming of a place is an attempt at capturing its essence. People have given the wonders at Arches colorful and descriptive names: Delicate Arch, Fiery Furnace, Courthouse Towers, the Three Gossips, Devils Garden and Parade of Ele-phants. 

Delicate Arch is probably the best-known feature in the park. Standing at precarious attention at the edge of a slickrock bowl, it is 46 feet high with a width of nearly 35 feet. From this lofty vantage point, one can see mesas, canyons, the Colorado River canyon and the La Sal Mountains.

In some cultures, the naming of a place is an attempt at capturing its essence. People have given the wonders at Arches colorful and descriptive names: Delicate Arch, Fiery Furnace, Courthouse Towers, the Three Gossips, Devils Garden and Parade of Elephants. 

Delicate Arch is probably the best-known feature in the park. Standing at precarious attention at the edge of a slickrock bowl, it is 46 feet high with a width of nearly 35 feet. From this lofty vantage point, one can see mesas, canyons, the Colorado River canyon and the La Sal Mountains.

One of the longest natural stone arches in the world is breathtaking Landscape Arch, 306 feet in length and at one point, only 10 feet thick. (Another is Kolob Arch in Zion, measuring 310 feet.) A large slab of rock fell from Landscape Arch in 1991 and additional rockfalls occurred in 1995 and 1996, but the arch persists in its flirtatious relationship with gravity. 

The route through Fiery Furnace, a twisting maze of fin formations and canyons, is so deceptive that you should go with a ranger. Guided hikes are offered twice daily from March to October, reservations must be made in person no more than seven days in advance, fees are charged. It is a moderately strenuous two-mile hike and takes about three hours.

The La Sal Mountains, the second-highest mountain range in the state, are located southeast of the park and can be seen from various viewing points.

Courthouse Towers, the Three Gossips, Devils Garden, Parade of Elephants, Tower of Babel and Park Avenue are all fascinating spires, fins and monoliths, which can be seen from the main park road—each worthy of hours, if not days, of visitation.