Destination: Arches National Park
About Arches National Park
Location: Moab, Utah
Our Park Chasing List: #93 – April 9, 2021
Famous For: The largest collection of natural stone arches in the world.
Destination Quick Guide
When to Visit
Arches National Park and the Moab, Utah area gets HOT between May and September. Spring and Fall are the best time to visit the park when daytime temperatures are warm but not scorching. It’s also the most popular time to visit the park, so expect busier trails and parking areas.
Nearby National Park Units
Arches National Park is part of the Utah “BIG 5” and is commonly combined with visits to these other parks:
- Canyonlands National Park
- Colorado National Monument
- Capitol Reef National Park
- Zion National Park
- Grand Canyon National Park
The Best of Arches National Park
Our favorites at Arches National Park:
- Park Avenue
- Broken Arch Trail
- Stargazing (Arches has some of the darkest night skies in the NPS!)
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Indigenous Connections to Arches National Park
As part of our commitment to a more Diverse NPS, Park Chasers wants to acknowledge that the lands we now enjoy were once the home of many different indigenous communities.
According to the National Park Service (nps.gov):
“What is now Arches National Park was a ceremonial area for people who lived and farmed in the Moab valley. Moab is the only major crossing of the Colorado River for hundreds of miles, so this area saw extensive travel and trade, making it an important cultural feature for all tribes on a regional scale.”
The lands around Arches once belonged to members of the:
- Pueblo of Zuni (or A:shiwi),
- the Hopi Tribe,
- the Southern Ute Indian Tribe,
- Ute Indian Tribe-Uintah and Ouray,
- the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, and
- the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians.