Arches National Park

Arches National Park, Utah: Our most recommended tours and activities

Moab: Self-Drive 2.5-Hour Hells Revenge 4x4 Guided Tour

1. Moab: Self-Drive 2.5-Hour Hells Revenge 4x4 Guided Tour

Enjoy the basic route of Hell’s Revenge to the Colorado River overlook into Arches National Park. This safe, but thrilling adventure is great for all skill levels, from novice to expert. Meet your guide just outside of Moab. After safety instructions, load up and head right to the Hells Revenge Trailhead. Enjoy the thrill of the petrified sand dunes and beautiful scenery of red rock hills, and snow-capped mountains as you follow your guide. Every tour includes water and snacks, and is guaranteed to take your breath away! U-Drive tours are family friendly, with a minimum age of 3 years old. All drivers must be at least 18 years old and present a valid driver's license.

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

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

Immerse yourself in the off-road trails of Arches National Park on this tour by 4x4 vehicle. Enjoy pickup in Moab, then a half-day adventure to encounter Tower Arch, the Marching Men, and other scenic natural formations. 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.

Arches and Canyonlands National Park: In-App Audio Guides

3. Arches and Canyonlands National Park: In-App Audio Guides

Discover Arches and Canyonlands National Parks with interactive guides on your phone. Admire stunning vistas, rock formations, and scenic hiking trails with an app developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists. Arches National Park Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your audio guide and map all in one. Begin with an adventure into Arches National Park, starting at the visitor center. As you set out, pass the towering formation of the Three Penguins and the geological Moab Fault, offering a fantastic hiking trail. See the iconic Three Gossips and the towering series of formations that form the Courthouse Towers and Sheep Rock. Witness the strangely beautiful petrified dunes while learning about the native Paiute and their legends. Reach the famous Balanced Rock formation, followed quickly by the two most popular stops: the Windows Arches and Double Arch. You’ll make your way to Delicate Arch, the unrivaled highlight of this park. You can also check out the historic Wolfe Ranch and some ancient tribal petroglyphs. Your journey continues through the unique Salt Valley and to stunning formations like the Fiery Furnace, Sand Dune Arch, Arches Forest, Skyline Arch, and Tapestry Arch. Finally, make your way to the farthest point in the park: the Devil’s Garden. Here, you’ll get to visit the famous Landscape Arch. Canyonlands National Park Next, explore Canyonlands National Park, starting at the Moab Giants museum near the park’s east entrance. Head west into the deep red of the desert, where you’ll find the striking formations of Merrimack and Monitor. Then you’ll arrive at your first major viewpoint: Big Mesa Viewpoint. As you head toward the famous backcountry trail of White Rim Road, learn all about the invisible life which thrives in this seemingly desolate desert. Then, on your way to Basin Overlook, offering great views of the Colorado River, you’ll get the scoop on the uranium king of Canyonland. Next up is Dead Horse State Park, home to a legend spooky enough to suit its name. You’ll then enter the national park itself, where the Island in the Sky Visitor Center will be waiting in case you need a break. Visit Upheaval Dome, the formation of which has stumped geologists for decades. Catch the sunset at one of the nearby overlooks. Finally, you’ll arrive at the immensely popular Grand View Point, where your guide concludes.

Moab: Guided Full Moon Hike

4. Moab: Guided Full Moon Hike

On this full moon hike, admire the landscape and unique rock formations, illuminated by the glow of the moon. Gaze up to the sky as your guide points out satellites, planets, and constellations. When the full moon comes around each month, it provides enough light to read a newspaper near midnight. The canyons and arches take on a mysterious white glow as the landscape is illuminated in a different way. This easy to moderate hike provides a great opportunity to admire the stars. As you look up at the night sky, your guide, with the help of a laser pointer, will show you the different satellites, planets, and constellations that can be seen at this time.

Canyonlands and Arches National Park: Scenic Airplane Flight

5. Canyonlands and Arches National Park: Scenic Airplane Flight

Soar from the Canyonlands Field Airport in Moab over the scenic Arches National Park and the Canyonlands. Make the most of your time by visiting both parks on this scenic flight. Fly with the only operator certified to offer scenic flights over these iconic attractions.  Meet your pilot at the airport and feel the thrill of taking off. Discover the vast geologic diversity, which attracts scientists from around the world, 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.  Expereince these parks comprehensively and comfortably. Gain access to the remote restricted districts of Canyonlands and bypass the lines and crowds in Arches National Park. 

Moab: Arches Backcountry Helicopter Flight

6. Moab: Arches Backcountry Helicopter Flight

Start your day at Canyonlands Field Airport to check in for your private helicopter tour. After a safety briefing, you will board your helicopter and depart the airport for your amazing scenic tour. Shortly after departing the airport, arrive at the tall spires of Determination Towers and the expansive Gemini Bridges. Next, you will fly into the Behind the Rocks Wilderness where you will see the amazing fins and several more arches that you can only see from above. Next, head over the southern end of the Moab Valley to Castle Valley where you will view the amazing Castleton Tower. After you catch your breath, your pilot will then fly over extensive 4x4 trails where you will see jeeps galore and the Colorado River canyon. Finally, you will head back to the airport, spotting the massive Corona Arch, Jeep Arch, and Uranium Arch before you arrive back at the airport.

Moab: Arches National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

7. 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.

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

8. 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. Keep your energy up along the way with a refreshing picnic lunch. 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. Stop at Devils Garden for a delicious picnic lunch. After lunch, 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.

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

9. 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.

From Las Vegas: 7-Day Utah & Arizona National Parks Tour

10. From Las Vegas: 7-Day Utah & Arizona National Parks 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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What people are saying about Arches National Park

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 695 reviews

We thoroughly enjoyed the experience our guide, Branson has given us. There is no possible way that without your 4 wheel land cruiser we would of ever seen what our guide showed us. He was very knowledgeable even though only living in the area slightly over a year and made our Arches experience a highlight of our 7 week trip. We Thank You. He also pointed out natural shapes in the rocks that resembled relatable objects wich otherwise we would be missed. As the tour progressed we began to see shapes in the rocks too such one member in our group saw the shape of a Mermaid or fish tale. We saw far more arches that would not of been possible for me especially with my fear of heights. We thank you for making this so memorable! Thanks again...Bob & Cindi

This was an informative tour that gave us insight about where to stop ahead of time for the great views. Made our drive through Arches National Park very enjoyable and we learned a few things too. Highly recommend!

Easy to use and follow at your pace.....well worth it and big savings of time and money.....

We saw views many are unable to see because we were off road.

Great to see all the best sites with little time to spare.