March/April and September/October are the best for visiting Arches National Park weather-wise. The park is very busy during these times as well so long lines can be anticipated getting in and parking can be a bit difficult at some of the more popular spots. The summer months will see lighter crowds but very hot weather- often over 100 degrees.
For private vehicles, the entrance fee is $30 and is good for 7 days. We always recommend getting an Annual Pass for the National Parks if you plan to visit more than 1 or 2 parks during the year.
Depending on the time of year and time of day it will depend. The spring, summer, and fall will usually be shorts and tee shirts weather maybe needing a light sweater or jacket in the morning and evening. Winter can be quite a bit colder. Not much snow falls here, but the temps- especially overnight- can be quite cold and when it DOES snow, it can come in pretty quickly. Pay close attention to forecasts during the fall, winter, and spring.
Most of the hikes in Arches are fairly short as there are roads that come close to most of the main attractions. That being said, there are longer routes to be found that can take up to a few hours. For instance, Delicate Arch has a viewing platform that you can drive almost right up to. However, an excellent trail can be taken from Wolfe Ranch which is 3 miles out and gets you right underneath the arch. This particular trail is considered difficult as it has some pretty steep uphill components. You will find, however, that even the shortest hikes will take a while as you will find yourself spending a great deal of time just staring at the jaw-dropping arches and balanced rocks that make this park so famous. So give yourself some time when visiting Arches National Park.
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