Top 3 Things to See in Arches National Park

Don't miss Delicate Arch, the Fiery Furnace, and Park Avenue in Arches National Park.

Arches National Park has the distinction of having the largest concentration of natural arches in the world. Marvel at more than 2,000 natural rock arches at this park just outside of Moab. Some of the formations can be spotted from the road, but the best require a scenic hike.

Here are the don't miss sights:

1. Delicate Arch

Delicate Arch in Arches National Park

Delicate Arch in Arches National Park

You've likely seen photos of this dramatic, 65-foot-tall rock arch already - now check out the real thing. Short options: Park at the Delicate Arch Viewpoint and take the short trail to a long-distance look. Longer option: Hike the 3-mile (round-trip) trail from Wolfe Ranch to see it up close.

2. Fiery Furnace

The Fiery Furnace in Arches National Park
Sand Dune Arch in Arches National Park. Photo by Jonathan O'Reilly

Sand Dune Arch in Arches National Park. Photo by Jonathan O'Reilly

This wild, trail-less zone encompasses giant boulders, narrow squeezes, and sheer rock cliffs. To explore it, pick up a permit at a park visitor center or join a ranger-led tour (the best option for beginners.)

Arches in the Fiery Furnace include Bench Arch, Clover Canyon Arch, Flatiron Arch, Inner Sanctum Bridge, Roadside Arch, San Dune Arch (pictured), Surprise Arch, Swept Arch, Twin Arch North, Twin Arch South (together the twins are known as Skull Arch).

3. Park Avenue

"Park Avenue" in Arches National Park

"Park Avenue" in Arches National Park

The Park Avenue Trail is the most popular hike in the park because of its ease and scenery. However, many visitors to the park stop at the Park Avenue Viewpoint, snap a few pictures, and return to their cars without really exploring this amazing trail along dry wash bed between enormous towering walls of red sandstone. The trail is about 1 mile long from the trailhead near the south entrance of the park.