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Arches National Park

Arches National Park

 

 

Located: Moab, Utah    Map

Area: 76,679 acres (31,031 ha)

Info: (435) 259 8161

Area: 76,519 acres

Open: Apr- Oct 7:30am- 6:30pm

Nov- Mar 8am- 4:30pm

When to go: spring- fall

www.nps.gov/arch

What to see:

Delicate Arch at sunset

Hike Devil's Garden Trail to Landscape arch

 

 

 

Description of Arches National Park

Arches National Park lies near Moab, Utah in United States. It covers an area of 76,679 acres (31,031 ha). The park is a monument to nature’s beauty. Arches National Park is famous for its amazing natural arches that were carved by centuries of erosion through action of water and wing. In total there are over 2000 different arches on its territory. The number is approximate because no one really knows for sure. Total area of Arches National Park is 309 square meters. The nature reserved is situated at an elevation of 1245- 1723 meters above sea level. During Mesozoic period (aka Age of Dinosaurs) these lands were covered by a sea. Sandstone that formed around that period (about 150 million years ago) was fairly soft. Upon exposure to air after the sea receded it began to waver away.
 
Few artifacts were found within boundaries of the Arches National Park. They yielded little information about first human settlements in this area, however you can still find Petroglyphs and carvings that indicate presence of native tribes. Most carvings that you can see here belong to a modern man and doesn't impress neither with conveyed information nor particular intelligence.
 
Most of arches and other famous formations in the Arches National Park are easily accessible by foot. Many of them are located next to parking spaces, so you don't need a long time to get to them. However climbing and free climbing on natural formations within Arches National Park is prohibited and punishable by law. That is something hikers have to take in consideration. Other features in the park are open for climbing, but you will need a permit for that. Take plenty of water and avoid stepping of the trails. Even seemingly empty spaces of sand are actually covered by thin layer of plants and microorganisms that form a kind of crust. It takes years to form and develop, but can take only few seconds destroy them.

 

 

 

Fees and permits

Park entrance fees are $10 for private vehicles and $5 for individuals on foot, bike, or motorcycle. These fees allow entrance for seven days.

There are several passes for groups traveling together in a private vehicle or individuals on foot or on bike. These passes provide free entry at national parks and national wildlife refuges, and also cover standard amenity fees at national forests and grasslands, and at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. These passes are valid at all national parks including Arches National Park:

The $80 Annual Pass (valid for twelve months from date of issue) can be purchased by anyone. Military personnel can obtain a free annual pass in person at a federal recreation site by showing a Common Access Card (CAC) or Military ID.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents age 62 or over can obtain a Senior Pass (valid for the life of the holder) in person at a federal recreation site for $80, or through the mail for $90; applicants must provide documentation of citizenship and age. This pass also provides a fifty percent discount on some park amenities. Seniors can also obtain a $20 annual pass.
U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities can obtain an Access Pass (valid for the life of the holder) in person at a federal recreation site at no charge, or through the mail for $10; applicants must provide documentation of citizenship and permanent disability. This pass also provides a fifty percent discount on some park amenities.
Individuals who have volunteered 250 or more hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program can receive a free Volunteer Pass.
4th graders can receive an Annual 4th Grade Pass that allows free entry for the duration of the 4th grade school year (September-August) to the bearer and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle. Registration at the Every Kid in a Park website is required.
In 2018 the National Park Service will offer four days on which entry is free for all national parks: January 15 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day), April 21 (1st Day of NPS Week), September 22 (National Public Lands Day), and November 11 (Veterans Day weekend).

If the entrance booth is not manned, there is an electronic kiosk to pay the entrance fee and receive a receipt to place on your vehicle's dashboard.

 

 

 

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