Arches National Park is an incredible natural wonderland full of more than 2,000 natural made arches. The arches are formed from differing types of sandstone rock, created as a result of cracks weakened by weather and erosion slowly crumbling away until only the strongest rock layers remain. This place looks like God reached his hand down to Earth and sculpted this place with His bare hands. You can see formations that have existed for longer than the park has been open, and even see new ones forming. The famous story of a Landscape Arch crumbling overhead hikers after cracking like a bolt of thunder just 9 years ago is both astonishing and fearsome. For hikers this place is a paradise, and for everyone else this place is pretty incredible too.
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Located in the town of Moab within proximity of Canyonlands National Park, this excursion offers you the chance to visit two of Utah’s National Parks in the same visit. Alternatively, if you want to dedicate all your time to Arches National Park, you won’t be disappointed. Arches can certainly keep you occupied by itself!
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3 Day Family Itinerary for Arches National Park
Family Trip to Arches National Park Day 1
Hiking Delicate Arch Day 2
Touring Arches Day 3
Hole in the Rock
Adventure Park Moab
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► For Kids: Kids will be absolutely thrilled to see everything Arches has to offer. This dusty playground offers a chance to see wildlife, geological wonders, and a desert landscape that people traverse the world over to explore.
Arches National Park can get hot, so it’s a good idea to keep a cooler in the car packed high with bottled waters. Little ones will get tired in the sun and on long trails. Some of the paved trails end, but there are still opportunities to continue along a rugged trail, so it’s a good idea to bring a backpack with water and snacks, and to wear shoes if this type of activity suits your fancy.
We’d love to hear your favorite hike at Arches National Park! Or are you more of a see it from the car window? Is Arches your favorite of the 5 most popular National Parks in Utah? Though we loved Arches, if we were forced to admit, our favorites are a toss up between Zions and Bryce! Let us know what you think!
► Nap-Time Version: One of Utah’s most famous National Parks with more than 2,000 natural sandstone arch formations.
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