Utah

Arches National Park Tour

DurationDuration 6-8 hrs
DirectionTour Directions 2
tour Tour Stops 17
$9.99

Description

Arches National Park is home to the highest concentration of natural stone arches in the world. With Shaka Guide you'll learn about the history and geology of this park, while you visit its most famous sites.

Here are just a few of the fun things you can do on the tour!

• Visit Landscape Arch - America’s longest arch!
• Hike Delicate Arch Trail
• Take in miles of views from Panorama Point
• Discover the Garden of Eden to see mini arches, arches that are still being formed and more

*Between April and October you must make an advance reservation to visit the park. Learn more in our FAQ’s below*

*This tour is available in both Classic and Reverse options - check out of FAQ’s below to learn more.*

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:

Recommended Start Time: Before 8:00 a.m.
Tour Starting Point(s): Utah state highway 191 a half mile north or south of the park entrance
Time to complete: 4+ hours

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Tour Stops

Preview Audio

ENTERING THE PARK
TURN RIGHT TO ARCHES NATIONAL PARK -NORTHBOUND
VISITOR CENTER ON YOUR RIGHT
DELICATE ARCH

Tour Route

Important Travel Info

Safety & Etiquitte
Budgeting, Fees & Reservations
Time & Schedule
Suggested Packing List

Hiking Safety: Bring water and hike in groups, stay away from ledges.

Driving Safety: Follow posted speed limits, stick to roads rated for your vehicle, be prepared for switchbacks and tight turns.

Flash Flood Safety: Arches National Park is prone to flash flooding, especially Court House Wash and any canyons. If you see rain clouds in the sky, think twice before entering any canyon. If it is raining, do not enter canyons. Flash floods can still occur even if it isn’t raining where you are. 

Backcountry Safety: if you deviate from the tour onto backcountry roads, you are responsible for your own safety and may have to self-rescue. Water sources are rare and unreliable. 

Pet Safety: Leashed pets are allowed only on public roadways and in established campgrounds. They are not permitted on other trails, backcountry routes, or in off-trail areas.

As of April 2022, Arches National Park now has timed entry with advance reservations required. Learn more here

Budgeting for the Shaka Guide tour of Arches is relatively simple. You just need enough to cover the entrance fee, any souvenirs at the bookstore, and food & drink if you plan on bringing along snacks or a picnic. Of course, you should also take into consideration any supplies you may need like sunscreen and water bottles. It is the desert, afterall! 

$30 per car for the Scenic Drive

$15-$20 per person for lunch

$10-$20 per person for gifts/souvenirs at the Visitor Center

$2 per vehicle advance reservation fee (April-October)

Arches National Park gets incredibly busy March through October. Get to the park early, well before 8:00 am if at all possible. Traffic also tends to thin out after 3:00 pm. 

If all you’re doing is driving, the full tour can be done in as little as 90 minutes. An average tour through the park should take you 2-4 hours if you make frequent stops and enjoy a few of the shorter hikes. Longer or additional hikes will extend the tour even further. Feel free to participate in as few or as many stops as you like or as your time permits.

  • Very Important: Car charger
  • Sneakers
  • Hiking Clothes
  • Water Bottle
  • Bug Spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun glasses and/or hat
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Snacks
  • Cash
  • Phone Mount
  • First Aid Kit

Tour FAQs

This tour has a total of 17 stops in the park. Check out the itinerary here for a complete list of stops and if you’re looking for more information to help plan your trip, here’s what you need to know before you go! 

You can learn more about advance reservations to Arches National Park here: https://www.nps.gov/arch/planyourvisit/timed-entry-pilot.htm. Please note, entry to the park is time, which means you will only be able to visit during your allotted time slot. You can make a reservation here. 

  • Sneakers
  • Hiking clothes
  • Water bottle
  • Bug spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun glasses and/or hat
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Snacks
  • Cash
  • Car charger *VERY IMPORTANT*
  • Phone mount
  • First aid kit
  • $30 per car for the Scenic Drive
  • $15-$20 per person for Lunch
  • $10-$20 per person for gifts/souvenirs at the Visitor Center 
  • $2.00 per vehicle for advance reservation fee (April- October) 

The park is open 24 hours a day but the visitor center is open 7:30 am to 6:00 pm April - September, 8:00 am to October - early November, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm December - March.

Yes! Feel free to join the tour along the route. Just make sure that you follow the numbers in chronological order from where you are starting from.  If you don’t begin at one of the tour starting points you’ll miss a few stories, but you’ll still have a great experience. 

Yes, this tour has a Classic and Reverse option. In the Classic version, you’ll start just outside the park’s entrance and make stops along the scenic drive. The Reverse option also starts outside the park, but you’ll drive all the way to the end of the scenic drive and make stops on your way back! The stops on both tours are the same. 

​​Still have questions? Send us an email at aloha@shakaguide.com  or give us a call on 1-888-250-2261.

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