More than 1.5 million people visit Arches National Park each year, and many have pets. Knowing what you can do together will ensure that everyone enjoys the trip!
Visit Arches National Park with your pets and you will see the densest concentration of natural stone arches in the world – more than 2000 within the park! It’s not like anywhere else you’ll travel.
Unfortunately, Arches is not known to be suitable for pets. But don’t worry! After some research and research with paws on the ground, we found that you and your pets will find plenty to enjoy together in Arches National Park.
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Visit to Arki National Park
Located in eastern Utah, just north of Moab, Arches is named after its most famous rock formations. But arches are not the only magnificent natural structures you will see here! The peaks, balanced rocks, fins and massive stone walls provide the perfect contrast to the fragile arches.
How long does it take to see Arches National Park?
You can see the most popular formations in the park in just 2-3 hours. Or you could spend a few days exploring the four-wheel drive and hiking trails to the more remote parts of the park. So how much time you spend in Arches is entirely up to you!
The main road in Arches runs from the entrance station to Devils Garden Campground at the back of the park and is only 28 miles away. Including the two paved deviations the road adds another five miles. If you just plan to pop up for a quick look at the most popular stops, you should take half a day.
Keep in mind that park staff can delay the entry of the vehicle for several hours at a particularly busy time. To avoid congestion, plan your visit during the shoulder season (March, April and November) and go early in the morning or late afternoon. Sunrise and sunset are the best time to photograph the red rock formations.
What can I see in Arches without hiking?
Not everyone wants to walk, but there are still many things you can see in Arches National Park! The best views of many rock formations and arches are short walks from the parking lots. If you are ready to walk a mile in both directions on well-paved paths, you can see all these formations:
Balanced Rock (0.3 mi) Viewpoint and Organ, Three Gossips, Tower of Babel and Sheep Rock (1 mile) Viewpoint for a Delicate Arch (100 yards) Double Arch and Elephant Parade (0.5 mi) View of Fire Furnace La Viewpoint of the Sal Mountains Petrified Dunes and the Great Wall View of the Salt Valley Arch of the Sand Dune (0.3 mi) Skyline Arch (0.4 miles) Window and Tower Arch (1 mile) Tunnel Arch and Pine Arch trees (0.65 miles)
Unfortunately, none of these trails mentioned above are suitable for pets. So you can take turns waiting with your pets while your partner goes to see you. Or plan to visit the park when temperatures are below 65 degrees and you can leave your pets for a few minutes without worrying that they will get too hot.
Pets in Arches National Park
As with most national parks, if you travel with pets, your visit to Arches National Park will be a little more limited.
When you arrive in Arches with your pet, you will receive a map of the park, which includes the pet rules of the park. You will also receive another fact sheet entitled “Pets in the Park”. This sheet seems to further clarify Arches’ pet policy.
Rules for pets in Arches National Park
Arches National Park’s pet policy states: “You can have your pet at Devils Garden Campground and walk your pet on the roads and in parking lots. You may not have pets on hiking trails, views or anywhere in the back, even in carriers. Pets should be on a leash no longer than six feet at all times.
The leaflet for pets in the park also states: “For the comfort and safety of wildlife and visitors, your pet:
not allowed on walkways or in the back. not allowed on views or on unpaved roads (except Potash / Shafer Canyon Road between Moab and Island in the Sky, Canyonlands). must be on a leash when outside your vehicle. can only be walked on paved roads , parking lots or camping. they cannot be left tied up anywhere except paid camping. ”
It may sound as if your pets can experience Arches National Park only from inside your car. Fortunately, this is not the case!
Where can I walk with my pets in Arches National Park?
Despite the slightly confusing printed materials, we confirmed that leashed pets can walk around the campsite, picnic areas, parking lots, paved roads (although we do not recommend it!) And unpaved roads in Arki National Park newspaper. . We found many places to explore the park with Miles and enjoyed the opportunity to get out of the beaten path with him.
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Campsite Devils Garden
Park in the picnic area just before the Devils Garden Trailhead campsite or car park and take a long walk around the campsite with your pets. The paved road offers a nice view of the surrounding landscapes.
Pack lunch because pets can also join you in the picnic areas in Arches National Park!
The road to Salt Valley
Pets visiting Arches National Park can also walk the Salt Valley Road, although we do not recommend it. The views are great! But this gravel road is dusty, the traffic here is fast, there are blind spots and the transition involves a significant drop to the valley (and vice versa).
Cache Valley Road
You will not find this time on the cards provided by the park! But park in the view of the Lower Delicate Arch and the picnic area and you will notice the sign. This four-wheel drive road runs 0.65 miles to the park boundary and then crosses to a property managed by the Land Management Bureau (BLM). Dogs are welcome on BLM ground, so you can continue walking if you choose.
If you are hoping for a shade, you are more likely to find it this time than the other options. It is easy to walk in dry laundry, relatively flat and easy to travel. And you will have a picture of Delicate Arch along the way! Keep in mind that this road sometimes closes after rain.
Willow Flats and Willow Springs Road
The Willow Flats Road crosses the park’s main road at Balanced Rock and extends four miles to the park’s boundary. There it becomes Willow Springs Road and continues 3.8 miles to a junction with Hwy 191.
Parking is available in the picnic area and toilets immediately after the main road. Remember that pets can join you in the picnic areas in Arches National Park, and this is a nice, quiet place where you can have lunch and enjoy the views together.
The road itself is sandy, relatively flat and slightly directed. If you have to do your 10,000 steps a day, this place is your best bet at Arches!
The technical four-wheel drive path of the park intersects with Willow Flats Road about a mile from the picnic area. Another option is to walk with your pets.
Why are pets so limited in arches?
This is just a guess, but it won’t surprise me to learn that Arches places such strict restrictions on pets to protect a microscopic community that lives here. Biological soil crust is vital to this high desert area, connecting soil particles through a complex network of fibers.
These organisms are very fragile. Just stepping on them can cause damage that takes decades to repair. Meanwhile, rainfall can carry loose material, creating channels and accelerating erosion. So it is extremely important that you and your pets stay in permitted areas – in Arches National Park and at any time when you are on a trail in the area.
We hope that our experience in Arches National Park encourages you to visit with your pets! If you do, let us know what you think about it in the comments below.
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