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Arches National Park, UT

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Arches National Park, UT

RV Rentals for Arches National Park

What a pleasure it is to take an RV vacation to a beautiful red rock wonderland. There is nothing to compare to the lovely pinnacles, stone arches and artfully (and naturally) balanced rocks. When you come to Utah and take in the amazing landscapes of Arches National Park, you will see why this is a favorite with those who love hiking, sightseeing and scenic drives.

RV Vacation to Arches National Park


It is so easy to access the park by flying into Salt Lake City and renting your RV. You will take off for your special adventure and experience all the convenience imaginable with your RV motorhome.


RV Camping in or near Arches National Park


There is only one RV campground within Arches National Park, but you’ll find a wide variety of campgrounds surrounding the park. Here are just a recommended few.


Devils Garden Campground – This campground is inside the park boundaries. Open all year (first come, first served from 1 November to 28 February). Amenities include:

  • Some sites for RVs up to 30 feet
  • Flush toilets
  • Picnic tables
  • Grills

Big Bend Campground – This campground is located outside of the park seven miles from the junction of US Highway 191 and Utah Highway 28. Amenities include:

  • Can accommodate large RVs
  • Many sites on the Colorado River
  • Sandy beach
  • River walkway
  • Fishing
  • Boating

Goose Island Campground – This campground is located on Highway 128, outside of the park. Amenities include:

  • RV sites
  • Picnic tables
  • Spectacular views of red rock cliffs
  • Views of the Colorado River
  • Close to town
  • Shaded in summer
  • First come, first served


When this is Your First Visit to the Park


This is the high desert with very hot summers and cold winters. It is a place where you won’t be threatened with much rainfall, if any, and you will see the flora and fauna that survive through all seasons. You will be witnessing how the forces of nature shaped this land. One popular inhabitant, the collared lizard, is most frequently seen sitting on a rock and basking in the sun. When you see the lizard doing little pushups, realize this is how they enhance their vision so they can better see you staring at them.


Hiking is incredible in this park. There are a number of trails which take you to viewpoints where you can look over the red rock wonders. Desert animals will peek at you as you spot them. You may see mule deer, porcupines, cottontail rabbits and coyotes at dawn or at dusk – their favorite times to be out and about. During daylight hours you will see rock and antelope squirrels, chipmunks, hawks and eagles.


Ranger programs exist for you to get the utmost out of your visit. You can find out the schedule at the Arches Visitor Center. Evening programs are a lot of fun for the whole family, with many different topics covered. Guided walks are free. However, you’ll need tickets to take the Fiery Furnace Tour which takes you on a three-hour strenuous hike through this most challenging area.


Things to Do in Arches National Park


Explore and learn in Arches National Park. There are many things to do and the whole family will have a terrific time on their RV vacation.


Scenic Driving: There is a wonderful scenic drive where you can access the best trailheads and get views of some of the most famous spots in the park. You can drive for a little over an hour or you can spend the whole day by driving all the paved roads within Arches National Park.


Hiking: There are a number of hiking trails for all levels of experience.

  • Balanced Rock – easy hiking, 0.3 miles, loop trail
  • Broken Arch – easy hiking, 1.2 miles, across a meadow on a loop trail
  • Park Avenue – moderate hiking, 1 mile, steep descent into a beautiful canyon
  • Tower Arch – moderate hiking, 3.4 miles, climbs a steep rock wall and crosses a valley
  • Delicate Arch – long trail, 3 miles, no shade and a climb, then out onto a rock ledge
  • Devils Garden Primitive Loop – long trail, 7.2 miles, narrow ledges and rocky surfaces take you to awe-inspiring arches
  • Double O Arch – long trail, 4 miles, challenging trail with narrow ledges to some incredible arches

Fiery Furnace: There are no trails in Fiery Furnace and it is best to get a ranger-led hike into this labyrinth of canyons.


Where to Find More Information


Find all the information you need about the park on the Arches National Park website, including historical facts and much more. You will find a list of campgrounds close to Arches National Park on their Camping Info page. You will also discover many fun things to do nearby the park on the Nearby Attractions page.


El Monte RV Locations near Arches National Park

Salt Lake City, Utah El Monte RV Rentals is our closest location to Arches National Park. You can simply fly into the Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) and make your way to El Monte RV Rentals to pick up your RV motorhome. We will even help you plan the rest of your trip. Call us today at (888) 337-2214.



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