Arches National Park Self-Guided Driving Tour

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Discover the stunning formations and harsh beauty of Utah’s desert with this Arches National Park self-guided driving tour. Learn about iconic formations like Balanced Rock as you drive past, visit famous arches like Delicate Arch, and hike the trails that showcase what makes this place so special! This self-guided tour allows you to explore Utah’s historic wonders with maximum flexibility and value. Simply download our app and enter your unique password. Then we’ll guide you all around, making sure you see everything this historic place has to offer! We’ll email you your unique password once you book the tour.

Itinerary Details

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Stop At: Arches Visitor Center

Our adventure into the astounding Arches begins just before the park's entrance and visitor center. We're about to see stunning natural monuments, unlikely rock formations, and alien, ancient landscapes.

Duration: 10 minutes

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As soon as we begin our scenic drive through Arches, we'll see our first formation: the Three Penguins. The ancient Ute and Paiute peoples who once called these lands home didn't see penguins though- they saw ancient spirits watching over the land. As we drive, we leave about the formations and their significance to the tribes.

Duration: 10 minutes

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Moab’s Fault is a six million-year-old crack in the earth’s crust. As we continue driving, we'll see this fault and learn about the geologic pressures that have formed the landscape of Arches.

Duration: 10 minutes

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Our drive through Arches brings us to the Park Avenue formation - a towering vista of rock carved by the slow erosion of wind and water. Here we'll examine the Four Formations that make up the crust of this landscape and better understand the vast forces at play.

Duration: 10 minutes

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The La Sal Mountains are the second-highest mountain range in Utah. Their highest peak, which you can see toward the center of the range, is almost 13,000 feet tall. We'll pause our drive through Arches to admire the mountains and learn about the Spanish settlers who pushed out the Ute and Paiute tribes.

Duration: 10 minutes

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As we continue driving through Arches, we'll pass the iconic Three Gossips formation.

Duration: 10 minutes

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This brings us to another vista point, where we'll see the Organ, Courthouse, Sheep Rock, and more.

Duration: 10 minutes

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We'll also pass the Petrified Dunes and Great Wall. As we drive, we'll learn more about the Ute and Paiute mythologies of this harsh and alien landscape.

Duration: 10 minutes

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Balance Rock is one of the park’s most iconic attractions, and for good reason. It looks like a huge boulder balanced precariously on a thin spindle.... and held together by concrete? Nope - it's all-natural, and it's all one single rock.

Duration: 10 minutes

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The "garden" is the expanse of small rocky structures visible to one side as we continue our drive. The tiny arches that dot the landscape almost look like they’re growing!

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This brings us to another popular Arches spot: the Windows! These striking examples of erosion are a must-see while in Arches.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Double Arch

You've probably already seen Double Arch - from Indiana Jones! Explore this unusual formation as you relive some iconic movie moments.

Duration: 10 minutes

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We'll pass Panorama Point — keep this in mind if you plan to return at dark for stargazing. Since there’s very little light pollution obscuring the night sky here, you’ll see an astonishing number of stars once the sun sets. Depending on the time of year, you may even get to see the entire Milky Way! As we continue our drive, we'll learn about how to stargaze like the Paiute.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Delicate Arch

Now we're at THE most famous spot in Arches: Delicate Arch. A quick hike brings us right up to this gorgeous - and improbable - formation.

Duration: 10 minutes

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This is one of the park’s quieter attractions. Like Cache Valley, Salt Valley was formed by the collapse of many sandstone domes. The broken pieces of rock littering the ground are leftovers from that collapse.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Fiery Furnace

Our drive continues past the Fiery Furnace: a network of narrow canyons & passages amid towering red cliffs at Arches National Park.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Sand Dune Arch

As we drive, exploring more arches, we'll learn more about the Paiute myths behind them, the Spanish and Mormon settlers who tried to survive in this land, and the people who were able to preserve this stunning landscape as a national park.

Duration: 15 minutes

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Our drive through Arches ends at the Devil's Garden, where a final hiking trail leads to Landscape Arch and beyond. Our tour through the mythology and geology of this epic land is now over.

Duration: 10 minutes
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