Mother Nature and time has an uncanny ability to team up and create some breathtaking features across planet Earth. One of these creations lies in our very own western backyard in Arches National Park. Let’s take a look at Arches including a brief history of the park, what to do when you go and the best places to stay.
A Brief History of Arches National Park
Arches covers more than 75,000 acres and is located just four miles above the town of Moab, Utah.
It was declared a National Monument in 1929 and became a full-fledged National Park in 1971. Arches is known for its diverse array of sandstone spires, buttes, monoliths and of course its naturally formed arches. The landscape continues is created by blowing wind and sand and is continually evolving. The unique wildlife, landscape and sunsets make Arches a very popular National Park and destination.
What to Do in Arches
The main focus in Arches National Park is of course to see the wondrous creations that dot the landscape of the Arches landscape. Day hikes are one of the most popular activities and Arches is loaded with miles of trails from easy 15 minutes hikes to more strenuous four to five-hour hikes. You can easily find the right trail for you. If you have mobility issues, you can see the grandness of Arches through their 18-mile scenic road.
There are also Ranger-led guided hikes and tours so you can see the park and get some expert information on their formation and the history of the landscape.
There’s plenty to do including horseback rides, rock climbing, canyoneering, biking, backpacking and more. Whether you are content to lounge and watch the sunset or repel down a sheer cliff Arches is made for everyone.
Where to Stay in Arches
In the Park
There are not too many options for sites within the park but Devil's Garden Campground is your best option and is located at the end of the Arches scenic loop, 18 miles from the Arches entrance and gets your right on the doorstep of your Arches adventures.
You will need to dry camp at Devil's Garden as there are no utility hookups but potable water is available. Keep in mind that reservations go extremely quickly for Devil's Garden and the site will only accommodate RVs up to 30 feet in length.
Outside of the Park
The safe bet is to stay at an RV park that is very near Arches National Park. Here are two of my favorites.
Moab KOA: Moab, Utah If you want to make sure you have all the creature comforts and in park fun of a great RV resort your best bet is at the Moab KOA.
This KOA is armed with all of the great amenities you need such as full utility hookups, Wi-Fi, cable TV, large and clean showers and laundry, grills and picnic tables at every site and many other features and amenities. The Moab KOA is less than 15 minutes from the entrance to Arches National Park.
Archview RV Resort & Campground
Archview RV Resort & Campground gets you about as close as you can get to Arches without actually being inside the park.
There are plenty of creature comforts with full hookups, areas to grill and host get-together, restrooms, showers, laundry and dump station. You can wake up morning and gaze onto the arches as well as a great view of the La Salle Mountains.
Time and nature have a way with the world, we suggest you get out to Arches National Park to see some of this unique handiwork.
Arches National Park offers RVers just about everything you’d want in a National Park, including a place to stay.