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Moab Hotels
Prices are subject to change
  • Aarchway Inn
  • Adventure Inn
  • Apache Motel from $69
  • Big Horn Lodge
  • Bowen Motel
  • Best Western Greenwell Inn from $125.99
  • Best Western Canyonlands Inn from $143.99
  • Castle Valley Inn from $175
  • Comfort Suites from $119
  • Super 8 Moab Ut  5 Star Rating  from $106.00
  • Days Inn Moab from $84
  • Gonzo Inn
  • Hampton Inn from $89
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites from $133
  • Inca Inn
  • Kokopelli Lodge
  • Moab Valley Inn from $105.95
  • Motel 6
  • La Quinta Inn from $136
  • Ramada Inn from $118
  • Red Stone Inn
  • Red Rock Lodge & Suites
  • River Canyon Lodge Inn & Suite from $67.96
  • Riverside Inn
  • Rustic Inn
  • Silver Sage Inn from $69
  • Sleep Inn Moab from $109
  • Sorrell River Ranch Resort Spa from $399
  • Super 8 Motel
  • Roadway Inn & Suites from $109.99
  • Virginian Motel



    Moab Bed & Breakfast
     
  • Abode B&B
  • Castle Valley Inn
  • Cali Cochitta Bed & Breakfast
  • Desert Hills B&B
  • Sunflower Hill B&B
  • Dreamkeeper Inn & Retreat
  • La Quinta Inn
  • The Mayor's House B&B
  • Mt. Peale Inn & Spa
  • Cedar Bend B&B

    Cabins for Rent
  • Morris' Last Resort
  • Slickrock Campground
  • Moab Rim Campground
  • Mt. Peale Inn & Spa
  • Canyonlands Campground
  • Arch View Resort
    and Campground
  • KOA of Moab
  • Moab Valley RV Resort
  • Unique Cabins for Rent
  • Whispering Oaks Cabins
  • Red Cliffs Lodge Cabins

    Ranches and Lodges
  • Kokopelli Lodge
  • Moab Retreat House
  • Nine Mile House
  • Red Cliffs Adventure Lodge
  • Sorrel River Ranch
  • Whispering Oaks Ranch
  • Raven's Retreat Vacation Rental

Camping and RV in Moab

  • Canyonlands Campground LLC
    (435) 259-6848
     
  • KOA Campground
    (435) 259-6682
     
  • Archview RV Campground & Resort
    (435) 259-7854
     
  • Moab RV Resort
    (435) 259-6108
     
  • Moab Valley RV Resort
    (435) 259-4469
     
  • Slick Rock Campground
    (435) 259-7660
     
  • Dead Horse Point State Park
    stateparks.utah.gov
    (435) 259-2614
     
  • Pack Creek Mobile Home Park & Campground
    (435) 259-2982
     
  • Up the Creek Campground
    (435) 260-1888
     
  • J. Riverside Oasis Campground
    (435) 259-3424
     
  • Spanish Trail RV
     
  • Kane Springs Campground
     
  • O.K. RV Park
     
  • Moab Rim RV Campark
     
  • See list and Map Locator for
    BLM Campgrounds

Moab Tours & Activities

River Rafting

  • Adventures
  • Conservation Adventures
  • Canyon Voyages Adventure Company
  • Mild 2 Wild Expeditions
  • Moab Adventure Center
  • Navtec Expeditions
  • O.A.R.S.
  • Raft, Kayak & Canoe Rentals
  • Sheri Griffith Expeditions
  • Tag-A-Long Expeditions
  • Western River Expeditions
  • World Wide River Expeditions
  • Raft the Colorado River

Moab Mountain Biking and Hiking

  • Rider Mel's Mountain Bike Guide to Moab
  • Safety In The DesertArea Biking Trails
  • SolFun Mountainbike Tours
  • Moab Bike Rentals & Delivery

4x4 Touring

  • Canyonlands Jeep Rentals
  • Moab Tour Company
  • Hummer & ATV Rentals
  • Farabee Jeep Rentals
  • Cliffhanger Jeep & ATV Rental
  • 4X4 Backcountry Tours

Other Moab Attractions

  • Canyonlands by Night
  • Spanish Valley Winery
  • Hole "N The Rock
  • Fun! Bar-M Chuckwagon
  • Indian Rock Art
  • Moab Country Club
  • Museum of Moab

Restaurants

  • Milt's Stop 'n Eat Burgers
  • The Moab Brewery
  • Sunset Grill Steak & Seafood
  • Bar-M Chuckwagon
  • The Moab Diner

Gas Stations in and around Moab

  • Chevron
    Cisco, UT 84515
    (435) 564-8235
     
  • Maverick Country Store
    435 N Main St
    Moab, UT 84532
    0.44 miles from Moab, UT 84532
    (435) 259-8718
     
  • Moab Chevron
    817 S Main St
    Moab, UT 84532
    0.88 miles from Moab, UT 84532
    (435) 259-0500
     
  • Out West Food & Fuel 35
    220 N Main St
    Moab, UT 84532
    0.25 miles from Moab, UT 84532
    (435) 259-3557
     
  • Shell Northside
    220 N Main St
    Moab, UT 84532
    0.25 miles from Moab, UT 84532
    (435) 259-2587
     
  • Shell Thompson
    Thompson, UT 84540
    (435) 285-2230
     
  • Short Stop
    Cisco, UT 84515
    (435) 564-8600
     
  • Spanish Trail Shell
    2420 Spanish Trail Rd
    Moab, UT 84532
    3.97 miles from Moab, UT 84532
    (435) 259-3939
     
  • United States Government
    125 W 200 S
    Moab, UT 84532
    0.29 miles from Moab, UT 84532
    (435) 259-7669
     
  • Walker's
    299 S Main St
    Moab, UT 84532
    0.33 miles from Moab, UT 84532
    4:38 PM 6/17/2009(435) 259-6030


 


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Arches National Park Visitor's Center 
Arches National Park Visitors Center
Open: All Year
Located: Just inside the Park Entrance.
Hours: 8:00 am to 4:30 pm - Daily - November through March.
Closed December 25.
Extended Hours - April through September.

At Arches National Park Vistor Center you will find a museum and many exhibits. A short orientation program is shown in the auditorium on the hour and half hour. Information is available and books and maps are sold by the Canyonlands Natural History Association, in the visitor center.

Free Junior Ranger booklets are available at the visitor center. Filled with fun activities, these books reveal the wonders of Arches to kids and parents alike. By completing five or more exercises, participants earn a Junior Ranger badge and signed certificate. Activities are designed for ages 6 to 12.

Write to
Arches National Park
PO Box 907
Moab, UT 84532
E-mail Us

Visitor Information
(435) 719-2299
Visitor Information (TDD)
(435) 719-2319
Fax (435) 719-2305

Entry Fees
Entry fee waivers permitted if your group is for educational rather than recreational purposes.
(prices are subject to change)

Individual Entry (Bike, Foot)

$ 5.00 (7 Day Pass)

Private Non-commercial Vehicle

$ 10.00 (7 Day Pass)

Gold Access Pass (Blind or permanently disabled individuals)

Free Lifetime - good in all national parks)

Golden Age Pass (1 time fee - for those 62+ years young)

$ 10.00 Lifetime - good in all national parks

Golden Eagle Pass (Good 1 year from date of purchase)

$ 50.00 Good in all national parks

1 to 6 passenger vehicles are charged: $ 25.00 + $ 5.00 per person.
7 to 25 passenger vehicles are charged: $ 40.00.
26 or more passenger vehicles are charged: $100.00.

Park Features

  • Balanced Rock, a large balancing rock, the size of three school buses
    Balanced Rock
     
  • Courthouse Towers, a collection of tall stone columns
    Courthouse Towers
     
  • Dark Angel, a free-standing column of dark stone at the end of the Devil's Garden trail
    Dark Angel
     
  • Delicate Arch, a lone-standing arch which has become a symbol of Utah
    Delicate Arches
     
  • The Three Gossips
    The Three Gossips
     
  • Devil's Garden, with many arches and columns scattered along a ridge
    Devil's Garden
     
  • Double Arch, two arches that share a common end
    Double Arch
     
  • Fiery Furnace, an area of maze-like narrow passages and tall rock columns
    Firey Furnace
     
  • Landscape Arch, a very thin, very long arch over 300 feet (100 m); the largest in the world
    Landscape Arch
    Photo by Arches National Park
     
  • Petrified dunes, petrified remnants of sand dunes blown from the ancient lakes that covered the area.
     
  • Wall Arch, located along the popular Devils Garden Trail. Collapsed sometime on August 4-5, 2008

Camping and  Quick Facts:

  • Entry Fees
  • Open all year
  • 52 camping sites fills in early am
  • up to 30 campsites may be reserved in advance
  • remaining 22 sites are first come first serve basis
  • registration for camping at the visitors center 7:30 am
  • No dump station
  • laundry 20 miles
  • showers 20 miles
  • groceries 20 miles
  • gas 20 miles
  • RV length 30 ft
  • wood gathering and ground fires prohibited
  • bring your own wood and charcoal for cooking on the grills
  • pets allowed on a 6 ft leash in campground only, not permitted on back trails
  • The 48 mile road tour with parking stops at overlooks requires several hours to a half day. Allow more time if you plan to hike.
  • There are no designated bike trails, but bicycles are welcome on the park roads. All bikes must follow vehicle regulations and are not permitted on any hiking trails off establish roads.
  • Technical climbing only for experienced climbers. Climbing is not permitted on any arches named on the USGS topographic map, on Balanced Rock and a few other locations.
  • There is no food available in the park.
  • Water and bathrooms available at the visitors center
  • All rock climbing or similar activities on any arch or natural bridge named on the United States Geological Survey 7.5 minute topographical maps covering Arches National Park are prohibited.
    Climbing of other features in the park is allowed, but regulated. The revised regulations also prohibit slacklining parkwide.
  • Approved recreational activities include auto touring, backpacking, biking, camping, and hiking, some of which require permits. There are also guided commercial tours and ranger programs.
  • safety tips
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  • more camping in BLM campgrounds and sites

Devils Garden is the only campground in Arches National Park, although there is camping in or around nearby towns.

The Devils Garden campground is located eighteen miles from the park entrance and is open year-round. From mid-March to late October, a $ 10.00 per night fee is charged. From late October to mid-March, the fee is $ 5.00 per night

Individual Sites

The campground has 52 individual sites which are $ 10.00 per night and will accommodate up to ten people; 30 of the individual sites may be reserved through National Recreation Reservation System (NRRS) for nights between March 1st and October 31st. Reservations are required no less than 4 days and no more than 240 days in advance. The remaining 22 campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis each day beginning at 7:30 am at the park entrance station or visitor center. For reservations: phone NRRS at: 877-444-6777, 877-833-6777 (TDD), or 518-885-3639.

Group Sites

The Juniper Basin campsite will accommodate up to 55 people; the Canyon Wren campsite up to 35. The group camping fee is $ 3.00 per person per night, with a $ 33.00 per night minimum. No recreational vehicles or trailers are permitted in the group sites.

Reservations must be made no less than 4 days and no more than 360 days in advance. Unreserved group campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of arrival. To make a reservation, phone NRRS at: 877-444-6777, 877-833-6777 (TDD), or 518-885-3639.

Campground facilities include potable water, tables, grills as well as pit-style and flush toilets (water is turned off during the winter months). There are no showers. Bring your own wood or charcoal for the grills. Some sites will accommodate RV's up to 30 feet in length. Check at the visitor center for more information.

Campsite registration starts at 7:30 am each morning at the Entrance Station or the Visitor Center
See more Camping in Moab and surrounding areas

BLM Campgrounds and Map Locator near Moab Utah
 

  1. Hwy 128 Goose Island Campground
  2. Hwy 128 Negro Hill Camping Area
  3. Hwy 128 Drinks Canyon Camping Area
  4. Hwy 128 Hal Canyon Campground
  5. Hwy 128 Oak Grove
  6. Hwy 128 Big Bend
  7. Hwy 128 Upper Big Bend
  8. Hwy 128 Upper Onion Creek
  9. Hwy 128 Fisher Towers
  10. Hwy 128 Lower Onion Creek Camping Area
  11. Hwy 128 Hittle Bottom Camping Area
  12. Hwy 128 Dewey Bridge Campground
  13. Hwy 279 Jaycee Park Campground
  14. Hwy 279 Williams Bottom Camping Area
  15. Hwy 279 Goldbar Camping Area
  16. Hwy 313 Lone Mesa
  17. Hwy 313 Horsethief Campground
  18. Cowboy Camp Camping Area
  19. Kane Creek Rd Kings Bottom Camping
  20. Kane Creek Rd Moon Flower Camping
  21. Kane Creek Rd Hunters Canyon Camping
  22. Ken's Lake
  23. Sands Flats Recreation area
  24. Canyon Rims Windwhistle Campground
  25. Canyon Rims Hatchpoint Campground
BLM Campgrounds near Moab Utah

Backcountry Hiking and Camping in Arches

You can hike along the backcountry, there are no designated trails, and pets are not permitted. Backcountry camping is allowed and a permit is required. You can obtain a permit at the visitor center. There are no designated backcountry campsites or trails. Low-impact camping techniques are essential. You must carry all your water and NO FIRES are allowed.


Map Locators for Arches National Park and Moab Utah
Map of Arches National Park

Directions By Car
From the Northwest, Salt Lake City, Utah to Moab Utah

Estimated Time: 3 hours 50 minutes Estimated Distance: 234.22 miles

Start out going WEST on E 400 S/UT-186 W toward S MAIN ST. 0.2 mi
Turn LEFT onto S WEST TEMPLE/UT-270. 0.2 mi
Turn RIGHT onto W 500 S/UT-269 W. Continue to follow UT-269 W. 0.8 mi
Merge onto I-15 S toward LAS VEGAS/CHEYENNE. 49.5 mi
Merge onto US-6 E via EXIT 258 toward US-89 E/PRICE/MANTI. 151.6 mi
Take the US-191 S exit, EXIT 182, toward CRESCENT JCT/MOAB. 0.4 mi
Turn RIGHT onto US-191 S. 31.4 mi
Turn LEFT onto E CENTER ST. 0.1 mi
End at Moab, UT

From the NorthEast

Estimated Time: 1 hour 44 minutes Estimated Distance: 113.59 miles
I-70 W via the ramp on the LEFT toward GREEN RIVER (Crossing into UTAH). 75.0 mi Map Avoid
Take the US-191 S exit, EXIT 182, toward CRESCENT JCT/MOAB. 0.4 mi Map Avoid
Turn LEFT onto US-191/UT-128. Continue to follow US-191 S. 31.5 mi Map Avoid
Turn LEFT onto E CENTER ST. 0.1 mi Map Avoid
End at Moab, UT Map

Red Line Alternate Route
Along the Colorado River to Moab Utah
I-70 West to Cisco go south to hwy 128 towards Castle Valley and Moab

This is the scenic route along the Colorado River, where you will find a few campsites
as well as Lodges. The views of the river at the base of natural red sandstone sculptures will take your breath away. This is a good paved two lane road, narrow in spots where you will need to slow down, but still passable by two cars.

There are mulitple BLM campgrounds and sites along Hwy 128

 


From the Southeast, Farmington NM to Moab, UT

Estimated Time: 3 hours 6 minutes Estimated Distance: 183.23 miles

Start out going WEST on W BROADWAY/US-64 W toward S LAKE ST. Continue to follow US-64 W. 27.4 mi
Turn SLIGHT RIGHT onto US-491 N (Passing through COLORADO, then crossing into UTAH). 101.7 mi
Turn RIGHT onto US-191/N MAIN ST. Continue to follow US-191. 54.0 mi
Turn RIGHT onto E CENTER ST. 0.1 mi
End at Moab, UT

Arches Recreational Activities see list of activities in Moab
Recreational activities include auto touring, backpacking, biking, camping, and hiking, some of which require permits. There are also guided commercial tours and ranger programs.

Arches Tour Guides

Scheduled walks, guided hikes and evening campfire programs by rangers are available mid-March through October. You can purchase tickets up to seven days in advance for the popular Fiery Furnace guided hike at the Arches Visitor Center. The visitor center will also provide  information on the Junior Ranger program for children ages six through eleven.

Rangers lead walks into the Fiery Furnace twice each day. The cost is $ 8.00 for adults; $ 4.00 for children 6 to 12 years old and Golden Age Pass holders. Group size is limited, and walks often fill a day or two in advance. Reservations can be made in person at the visitor center up to seven days in advance. 

Arches Flora and Fauna

  • prickly pear cactus (blooms in spring)

     
  • Indian ricegrass
  • bunch grasses
  • cheatgrass
  • lichen, moss
  • liverworts
  • Utah juniper
  • Mormon tea
  • blackbrush
  • cliffrose
  • four-winged saltbrush
  • pinyon pine
  • stemless woollybase
  • evening primrose
  • sand verbena
  • yucca
  • sacred datura

Safety Tips

  • Bring lots of drinking water
  • Bring food and snacks
  • Bring sunblock
  • Wear a sunhat in summer months
  • Rocks can be slippery when wet
  • Be aware of snakes in the area, pay attention to where you are walking or placing your hands

History of Arches National Park more at Wikipedia
This region has been occupied by humans since the last ice age 10,000 years ago. Fremont people and Ancient Pueblo People lived in the area up until about 700 years ago. Spanish missionaries encountered Ute and Paiute tribes in the area when they first came through in 1775, but the first European-Americans to attempt settlement in the area were the Mormon Elk Mountain Mission in 1855, who soon abandoned the area. Ranchers, farmers, and prospectors later settled Moab in the neighboring riverine valley in the 1880s. Word of the beauty in the surrounding rock formations spread beyond the settlement as a possible tourist destination. Suggestions that the area be set aside for a National Park were brought to national attention early in the 20th century.

The Arches area was first brought to the attention of the National Park Service by Frank A. Wadleigh, passenger traffic manager of the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad.

In late 1938, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a proclamation which enlarged Arches to protect additional scenic features and permit development of facilities to promote tourism. A small adjustment was made by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1960 to accommodate a new road alignment.

In early 1969, just before leaving office, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a proclamation substantially enlarging Arches. Two years later, President Richard Nixon signed legislation enacted by Congress which significantly reduced the total area enclosed, but changed its status to a National Park.

Wildlife

  • Spadefoot toad
  • scrub jay
  • peregrine falcon
  • many kinds of sparrows
  • red Fox
  • desert bighorn sheep
  • kangaroo rat
  • mule Deer
  • mountain lion
  • midget faded rattlesnake
  • yucca moth
  • many types of cyanobacteria
  • Western rattlesnake
  • Western collared lizard

About Moab Utah
Moab, Utah's 4 corners area, with a population of approximately 6,600 and an elevation of 4021 ft, offers Mountain biking, hiking, climbing, touring and river rafting as well as many beautiful areas of interest.  Scenic Moab is also known as the land of scenic byways of them!
Moab Activities and Attractions . Moab Accommodations

Moab Areas of Tourist & Educational Interest

  • Arches National Park

  • Canyonlands National Park

  • Morning Glory Arch

  • Hovenweep Natl. Monument

  • Anasazi Cliff Dwellings

  • Castle Valley

  • The Needles Overlook

  • The Anticline Overlook

  • The Slickrock Trail

  • Natural Bridges

 

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