Places to Visit: Arches National Park

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Arches National Park

The red desert and awe-inspiring sandstone formations of Arches National Park are a nice contrast to the rugged mountains of Telluride, and are less than four hours away.

  • Arches National Park is less than four hours from Telluride and features more than 2,000 strangely shaped sandstone formations.
  • The park is open year-round, but some features are only accessed with guided tours. 
  • Entrance to the park is $5 for individuals and $10 for vehicles.


Arches National Park is a 73,000 acre region home to more than 2,000 strangely shaped sandstone formations. The red hued, hot and arid desert here is dotted with pinnacles, spires, and, of course, arches.

A 40-mile paved road guides visitors to the major sandstone formations, and there is a campground and RV park nearby.


The park is open year-round, 24 hours a day. The visitor center is open 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. April through October, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. November through March.


Entrance to the park is $5 for individuals and $10 for vehicles. Camp sites at the nearby Devils Garden Campground are $20 per night.


For more information, call visitor information at (435) 719-2299.


The most famous feature at the park is the Delicate Arch, a cliff-side half-ark featured on Utah license plates and stamps.

Exploring the Fiery Furnace, a series of narrow passages through tall rock columns, is much like navigating a natural maze. The Fiery Furnace is viewed by tour only, however, and needs to be booked in advance.

Other well-known features include the Devil’s Garden, a ridge scattered with tall columns and arches, and the Balanced Rock, a rock the size of three school buses ominously resting atop a narrow column.

Getting Here

To reach Telluride from Arches, exit the park to the south and turn left at US-191. After 25 miles look for the left turn to UT-46 east, and continue onto CO-90 at the border. This turns into CO-145, which continues all the way to Telluride.