- By John
- On Sep 28, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
Arches National Park’s main attraction is – you guessed it! – it’s famous arches. Utah is known for its red rock formations, canyons, and deserts, and you’ll find the best of all of it right here. Hiking trails are plentiful, and rock climbing is even allowed for the adventurous. Stunning arches like Delicate Arch, Double Arch, and Skyline Arch are also perfect photo opportunities. Study the travel guide about the Las Vegas to Arches National Park trip before your vacation.
Stay at a national park lodge
“I love the national park lodges,” Cochran says. “Then you have the early morning and late evening [in the park]. You wake up and step out of your front door and you see the Grand Tetons right in front of you.”
The National Park Service offers lodging information for each park on those park's guide pages. Book early to stay at a park lodge; many fill up quickly. If you’re trying for a lodge that’s already full, check back every day for cancellations.
Check in with park rangers when you first arrive
You may plan your trip perfectly and know exactly where you are going, but it is still wise to check in at the visitor center when you first arrive. Park rangers will have the insider info you need to make sure your trip goes down without a hitch.
“They will tell you which roads are closed or which areas of the park are under construction,” Cochran says. “They can also help you figure out what hidden trails to try, or the best place to watch the sunset.”
“Consider getting an annual park pass when you first arrive,” Chin adds. “It gives you access to all national parks for a full year from the date of purchase, and a side benefit is that money goes directly to funding the National Park Service, which is a great thing!”
Johns, Chin, Cochran, and Rush unanimously agree that the ultimate thing you should do when visiting any national park is to camp under the stars—even if it is just for a night.
“The benefits outweigh the discomforts,” Chin says. “You engage differently with people when you are camping as you are forced to unplug and to be present. You connect with nature and other people and that’s really special.”