Don’t miss a single Insta-worthy sunset in this red-rock paradise. With more than 2,000 natural stone arches, hundreds of soaring pinnacles, and giant balanced rocks, you’ll struggle to concentrate on your activities as you ponder the enormity of your surroundings and how such a place even exists!
Why You Should Nest Here
Spectacular, awe-inspiring, magnificent — these are just a few words that will come to mind when basking in the view of Arches National Park, located outside of Moab, Utah. The arid, high-desert environment makes for hot summers and cold winters. The park is sprawled across 76,518 acres. You’ll see vibrant pops of color nestled among red rock desert, thanks to flowering prickly pear cacti, wildflowers, and yucca, while the campground is forested with Utah juniper and pinyon pine. With several places perfect for picnicking, you’ll never be short on views of towering spires, fins, and balanced rock formations. The elevation is about 5200 ft. Its year-round amphitheater is also pretty sweet.
Pull Over and Pop Up
There are 51 sites at Devils Garden Campground. Camp among slickrock outcroppings at Devils Garden Campground, which is about 18 miles from the park entrance, and the only place to nest. Camping facilities include picnic tables, potable water, grills, and toilets. At night, you’ll see nothing but stars, while in the morning you’ll be in awe of its 2,500+ natural arches, the highest concentration in the world! If wildflowers are your jam, head there in April or May, when they’re in full bloom.
The park itself is situated among natural sandstone arches and fins. Hike Balanced Rock trail, an easy 15- to 30-minute loop around the base of a strikingly fragile rock formation. If you’re traveling with kids, don’t miss Sand Dune Arch, which will lead you through deep sand to a hidden arch surrounded by sandstone fins. The little ones will love it! Marvel at Delicate Arch, a freestanding arch that has become synonymous with the state of Utah and is also one of the most famous geologic features in the world. Wow.
Get Your Sport On
Hikers of all abilities are welcome here. Some short walks lead right up to well-known rock formations, while more adventurous hikers can explore lesser traveled surroundings like “Primitive Loop” in the Devil’s Garden section of the park. If you’re feeling like you need a day off your feet, book a scenic bus tour. Off-site ATV ridings, ballooning, mountain biking, and river activities will get your engines revving. If you’re really adventurous, check out skydiving options.
Pro: Loads of hiking trails, including Broken Arch Trail, which is a scenic loop with a trailhead within the campground.
Con: You’ll need to pack all your own food because you won’t find any restaurants in Arches National Park. The closest are in Moah, Utah, about five miles from the park entrance. Also: no showers.
Cost: $25 per night at an individual Devils Garden Site. Reservations months in advance are needed during high season (March–October).
Access: High season ranges from March 1 – October 31, reserve up to 6 months in advance. Definitely book ahead! Between November 1 – February 28, sites are first-come, first-served.