Arches Fast Facts
- Arches National Park covers a total area of 76,359 acres
- The number of people visiting Arches in 2017 was 1,539,028 *
- Arches was made a national park on November 12, 1971
- The lowest elevation found in Arches is 3,960 feet at the Colorado River
- The highest elevation found in Arches is 5,653 feet at Elephant Butte
- The entrance fee for Arches is $30 per vehicle per week
- Arches National Park lies in the Mountain time zone
- We last visited Arches National Park in June 2016
Random Facts About Arches
- The longest arch in Arches National Park is Landscape Arch, at 306 feet. It can be found about a mile down the trail in the Devil’s Garden area.
- The tallest arch in Arches National Park is the south arch of Double Arch, at 144 feet. It can be found at the end of a very short trail in the Windows area.
- Over 2,000 arches have been discovered and recorded in Arches National Park. This number changes, as new arches are discovered and others collapse.
- The park was first created as Arches National Monument on April 12, 1929, 42 years before it was elevated to national park status.
- Arches is located in a “high desert” climate, meaning very hot summers, cold winters, and very little precipitation.
- Most animal life in Arches National Park is either nocturnal (active at night) or crepuscular (active at dawn and dusk) to avoid the heat of the day.
Where is Arches National Park?
Arches National Park is located in southeastern Utah, just north of the town of Moab. It is the easternmost of the five incredible national parks spread across the southern part of the state. The access road to the Island in the Sky District of Canyonlands National Park is a short distance from the beginning of the Arches Scenic Drive, while the Needles District is further south. Below is a map showing the park’s location. After that you’ll find some Arches fast facts, and some other interesting facts about the park. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Arches.
More About Arches
We have pages on all sorts of things about Arches National Park. Choose from the menu above the map, or from right here. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Lodging, Camping, Hiking Trails, Road Guides, and pages to buy Books, Trail Maps, and DVD & Blu-ray. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.