Traveling in Utah
ARCHES NATIONAL PARK
Located in the red rock country of southeast Utah, this National Park protects a great number of natural sandstone arches and bridges, which are up to 290 feet long. The park has over 1000 arches, more than anywhere else in the world.
There are also many spires and pinnacles. This ! is an area of desert, with some pinyon pine and juniper trees. Wildlife includes mule deer, fox, I and golden eagle.
Activities: Just a few short trails are available, totaling about 12 miles, and none reach far into the backcountry. Most hiking and backpacking involves cross-country travel.
Rock climbing is permitted but restricted, and dangerous due to crumbling rock. Mountain bike use is limited to roads. Hunting is forbidden.
Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed in the backcountry with a free permit, issued at the ; visitor center. There are no established campsites. Campfires are not permitted, so a stove should be brought. Group size is limited to 12. Pets are prohibited. Due to summer heat, fall and spring are the recommended times to camp here.
For Further Information: Arches National Park, P.O. Box 907, Moab, UT 84532; (801)259-8161.
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