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Visit Arches National Park from Moab

Just 5 miles south of the park’s entrance, Moab is the gateway to Arches National Park. When Devil’s Garden Campground is full, or you aren’t prepared for setting up a tent, Moab’s many accommodation options are just a short drive away, making it the perfect hub for planning your visit to Arches. And you should know that during peak season, this popular park is going to be crowded and campsites are going to be full, so plan accordingly!

What You Need to Know About Visiting Arches National Park:

Entrance fees – It costs between $5 and $10 for Arches visitors on foot or by car, respectively. The passes are good for 7 days, unless you want to by an annual local passport for $25 to include entrance into Arches, Canyonlands, Hovenweep and Natural Bridges for one year. For those who plan on visiting several parks, we recommend getting a National Park annual pass for $80. This pass is good for all national parks and monuments and will quickly pay for itself in just a few visits. All passes can be purchased at all park entrances.

Provisions – The visitor center at ANP is open daily. Restrooms and drinking water are available but not food. Books and maps for sale. A park orientation program is shown in the auditorium. There are no restaurants or accommodations in the park.

Exploring – There are so many cool things to do in Arches, but during peak season, this park is very popular and crowded. In order to have a great experience, we recommend that you visit the park in the early morning or evening and secure your permits and campgrounds ahead of time.

When planning your activities, also keep in mind:

  • To backpack in Arches, you must obtain a free backcountry permit at the visitor center.
  • ATVs are not allowed in Arches.
  • Bicycles are only permitted on roads; there is no single track or trail riding in the park. There are no bike lanes and traffic can be heavy at times.
  • Cell service at Arches is spotty. It varies among carriers. As a rule of thumb, signals are strongest wherever the La Sal Mountains are visible.

Camping – Devils Garden Campground, located 18 miles from the park entrance, is open year-round. Facilities include potable water, picnic tables, grills and toilets but no showers. Firewood is available for sale at the campground, or bring your own wood or charcoal for the grills. Some sites will accommodate RVs up to 30ft in length.

Devils Garden is also part of the National Recreation Reservation System (NRRS), which offers telephone and online reservations for both group and individual sites. Reservations are not accepted by the park, and the park does not maintain information about site availability. Reservations are available from March 1 through Oct. 31. Nov. 1- Feb. 28 the campground is first-come, first-served.

The campground has 50 individual sites, $20 per night, and accommodates up to ten people. All sites may be reserved through www.recreation.gov, (877) 444-6777 or (518) 885-3639.

Pets – Pets are not allowed on any trails. Leashed and restrained pets may accompany visitors in the campground, at overlooks and at pullouts along the paved scenic drives. Do not leave pets unattended in vehicles – temperatures in closed cars (even with windows cracked open) can be deadly.

Want to explore more National & State Parks near Moab? Check out Dead Horse State Park or Canyonlands National Park too!

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